In a ceremony on the day after Christmas in front of the Tallahassee Police Department Headquarters , Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad announced that Major Lawrence Revell would be Tallahassee’s next police chief.
The selection follows failed negotiations with Goad’s first selection Antonio Gilliam.
Before the announcement, Goad – in a show of community support – recognized elected officials and law enforcement dignitaries. These officials included Mayor John Dailey and three city commissioners, the head of FDLE Richard Swearingen, the state attorney Jack Campbell, and Leon County Sheriff representatives.
Before giving way to Revell, Tallahassee Assistant City Manager, Cynthia Barber – who oversees the TPD , noted Revell’s dedication to the community and said “we stand with you.”
Revell, who is married with five children, introduced his family and thanked them for there support. Revell said “all praise goes to God.”
Revell brings extensive field and managerial experience to the job. During his career with TPD, he has worked in nearly every division, including patrol, TAC, high risk offenders, financial crimes and the chaplain program, among others.
Most recently, he served as the Major overseeing the Criminal Investigations Bureau with 46 sworn officers and 18 civilian support staff and a $7 million budget. A hallmark of his tenure in the position was the 100 percent clearance rate for homicides his team achieved during 2018.
In his comments, Revell noted his ties to the community, commenting that he grew up on the southside and attended Nims Middle School and Rickards High School. He said “I absolutely love this town.”
Acknowledging that Tallahassee faces challenges, he said he would start a citizens advisory committee to gather information and promised there would be “real conversations on real issues.”
Revell stated that officer recruitment and diversity are two key issues that must be addressed. He promised to address diversity in his command staff immediately.
Another priority Revell addressed was collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. He said “we will break new ground” with our collaboration efforts.
The selection process for a new chief began in August 2019 with a nationwide search conducted by the Florida Police Chief’s Association (FPCA). Following the acceptance of 52 resume submissions, FPCA recommended 20 candidates to the Community Partners Committee. The committee, comprised of community, faith, business and law enforcement leaders, twice narrowed the list down during its public meetings and unanimously voted to advance three finalists for consideration.