For Immediate Release
July 13, 2017

Contact: Sandi Poreda, APR / 850.766.1906


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today announced that Chief Kevin Lystad of the Miami Shores Police Department was installed yesterday as the President of the Association for 2017/2018. Chief Kevin Lystad was sworn in as the new President during the FPCA’s 65th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet in Doral and announced his plans to prioritize the safety, health and wellbeing of Florida’s police officers during his year of leadership.

“Our officers work tireless every day to protect our residents, and I intend to work just as hard to take care of their needs,” said Chief Lystad.

Chief Lystad was appointed the ninth Chief of the Miami Shores Police Department in March 2006. He is currently a member of the Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council and the Executive Board of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, and he has served as president of the Miami Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDS (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar) program, the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course and the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Future Police Chiefs training program, Chief Lystad also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Barry University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University.

The Association’s 2016/2017 president, Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, became the Immediate Past President of the Association. In addition to Chief Lystad, the following individuals were sworn in or appointed to the FPCA Executive Board:

– 1st Vice President: Chief David Perry, Florida State University Police Department
– 2nd Vice President: Chief Kenneth Albano, Temple Terrace Police Department
– 3rd Vice President: Chief Chris Nelson, Auburndale Police Department
– Secretary/Treasurer: Chief Frank Kitzerow, Jupiter Police Department
– Past President at Large: Chief Gerald Monahan, Retired
– Parliamentarian: Chief Philip Thorne, Springfield Police Department

The FPCA has 17 districts throughout the state of Florida to provide support to its members. The following directors have been elected or re-elected to office this year:

– District #1 Chief Michael Kessie, New College of Florida Police Department
– District #2 Chief Gary Goble, Orange Park Police Department
– District #3 Chief Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee Police Department
– District #4 Chief Sean Hemingway, Bay Harbor Islands Police Department
– District #5 Chief Jeffrey Chudnow, Oviedo Police Department
– District #6 Chief David Currey, Vero Beach Police Department
– District #7 Chief Jeffrey Pearson, Satellite Beach Police Department
– District #8 Stephan Dembinsky, Daytona Beach Shores Police Department
– District #9 Chief Steven Moore, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department
– District #10 Chief Drew Whitman, Panama City Police Department
– District #11 Chief Dana Watson, Margate Police Department
– District #12 Chief Rob Vincent, Gulfport Police Department
– District #13 Chief Jeffrey Goldman, Delray Beach Police Department
– District #14 Chief John O’Grady, Mount Dora Police Department
– District #15 Chief Charlie Bird, Winter Haven Police Department
– District #16 Chief Argatha Gilmore, Lake City Police Department
– District #17 Chief Greg Graham, Ocala Police Department

The FPCA is the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation and is composed of more than 1,000 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. The FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private businesses and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state. For more information about membership and its benefits, please visit