On Wednesday City Manager Reese Goad announced he had appointed Antonio Gilliam as the new Tallahassee Chief of Police. Gilliam will take the place of Interim Police Chief Steve Outlaw.
“I have strong confidence that Chief Gilliam will demonstrate his commitment and expertise by immediately engaging with the community to address violent crime, specifically gun violence involving our youth,” Goad said.
Goad said Gilliam has firsthand knowledge of the community from growing up on Tallahassee’s Southside.
“Chief Gilliam has all of the skills needed to successfully lead TPD in its ongoing, positive outreach to the community and area partners toward making us a safer city,” Goad said.
The police chief selection process, carried out by the Florida Police Chief’s Association (FPCA), started in August 2019. 52 applicants submitted resumes, and a committee of community leaders eventually narrowed the application pool to three final candidates.
After the three finalists participated in a community meet-and-greet and other presentations, Goad selected Gilliam. According to the press release, Gilliam was the first choice for the position.
Gilliam is a Tallahassee native and a graduate of Florida State University. According to the press release, he has 18 years of experience working in law enforcement, starting as a patrol officer in St. Petersburg, where he currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police. He has worked in many areas of law enforcement, including the St. Petersburg Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and the Uniform Services Bureau.
According to WFSU, at the candidate meet-and-greet, Gilliam discussed his strategies for enhancing public safety. One strategy he discussed was neighborhood walkthroughs by police officers with the goal to start conversations with community members. Another strategy was creating a crime surveillance group based on community crime patterns.
Gilliam also said he would seek a $500,000 increase for TPD to hire as many as 30 new officers.
Gilliam said he is “deeply humbled and honored” to return to Tallahassee.
“We will diligently join with all segments of the community to enhance public safety and the peaceful quality of life in our Capital City,” Gilliam said.