At 10:22 on January 6th, Lawrence Revell was sworn-in as Tallahassee’s next Police Chief. The ceremony was held at the Jack McLean Community Center, located at 700 Paul Russell Road on the southside of town not far from where Mr. Revell attended Rickards High School.
Many local government dignitaries were in attendance, including Mayor John Dailey, Tallahassee City Commissioners, Leon County Commissioners and Sheriff Walt McNeil.
Revell, a Tallahassee native, has served with TPD for 28 years. He has earned two Medals of Bravery (2007 and 1997) and two Meritorious Service Awards (2008 and 1996).
The swearing-in began with comments from Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad, who oversaw the selection process for a new police chief. Goad said “a journey has come to an excellent end.” He described Revell as a “man of high character and faith.”
Interim Police Chief Steve Outlaw welcomed Revell to his new position speaking briefly about the importance of humility in successful leadership.
Revell began his comments to the crowd of approximately 300 by saying that “God had a plan.” His remarks were focused on hope and the future.
Revell said that this day brings hope for unity in our town through transparency and inclusivity and hope for the future. He vowed that the community would unite to end violent crime and take back our neighborhoods.
“Our hope for unity is being realized and we must continue to seize the momentum that has been started,” Revell said.
Revell said he sees a future where officers view the community as family and friends. He said his vision is to work tirelessly to bring the community together to fight violent crime.
Revell ended his remarks by thanking his family, friends, city officials and Jesus Christ. He then invited all clergy in attendance to the podium. The clergy, led by Reverend R.B. Holmes, prayed over Chief Revell.