Iorio names Jane Castor Tampa police chief listen09/16/09 Seán Kinane
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Jane Castor will become Tampa’s first female and first lesbian chief of police on October 1st. Mayor Pam Iorio made that announcement this morning as well as the retirement of current Chief Steve Hogue.
Castor is the assistant chief of operations and is a 25-year veteran of the TPD. Iorio calls her a “born leader” and says that Castor has “filled every possible role” since joining the department in 1984. Jane Castor says that some things will be different in the department under her leadership, but others will remain the same.
Some of the “innovative technologies” to reduce crime, Castor says, are based on applications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
On Wednesday Castor announced the replacements for her position and the other assistant chief, Bob Guidara, who is retiring Friday. Majors Marc Hamlin and John Bennett will become assistant chiefs. Even though the rate of major crimes in the city has declined in recent years, Castor says there is still work to do.
Castor is the Tampa Police Department’s liaison to the gay and lesbian community. Brian Winfield, communications director with Equality Florida, considers Jane Castor to be the “first openly lesbian police chief in the state.” Winfield says that Equality Florida is “thrilled” that Castor will be police chief and calls her the “best person for the job.”
When he was elected to the County Commission last November, Kevin Beckner became the first openly gay man elected countywide in Hillsborough. Beckner, a former police officer in Indiana calls Jane Castor, “absolutely the right person to lead that police force.”
“I think it shows our progress and shows how progressive our city is.”
As he retires from the position that Castor will inherit, Police Chief Steve Hogue offers a vote of confidence in his successor.
Jane Castor’s appointment is pending confirmation by Tampa City Council. Council member Joseph Caetano says that Mayor Iorio did the right thing of promoting someone from within “rather than going out for a nationwide search.” Caetano predicts that Castor will have no problem in being confirmed by council. “I think she’s the proper choice.”
Chief Jane Castor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa and a Master’s of Public Administration from Troy State University. She is not related to the family of U.S. Representative Kathy Castor. Her starting salary will be $144,394.