For Immediate Release
September 5, 2018

Contact: Sarah Tyson Alfano | 850-681-3200


Florida State University Police Department Chief David Perry Sworn in as President

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) announced that Chief David Perry of the Florida State University Police Department was installed as the President of the Association for 2018/2019. Chief Perry was sworn in as the new President during the FPCA’s 66th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet in Panama City Beach and announced his plans to:

  • Continue to find ways to strengthen and improve relationships within our communities with law enforcement
  • Effectively partner with stakeholders to improve public safety for our state through appropriate legislation
  • Continue to focus on officer safety and wellness
  • Implement innovative ways to promote the outstanding work of police officers in the state of Florida.

“I plan to serve our officers with the same commitment they demonstrate to our citizens and state each day,” FPCA President Chief David Perry.

Chief Perry is the Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police for Florida State University. His responsibilities include overseeing safety, police and security services on campuses in Panama City Florida, Sarasota Florida and the Florida State University School (K-12) in addition to his main campus responsibilities. He has worked in law enforcement since 1993 and also serves as an adjunct instructor for the FSU School of Criminology and FDLE Leadership Institute for Training. Chief Perry is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (1993).  He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Albany State University (2002).  He has also completed the basic police recruit training academies in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Chief Perry is married and has three children.

The Association’s 2017/2018 president, Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad became the Immediate Past President of the Association. In addition to Chief Perry, the following individuals were sworn in or appointed to the FPCA Executive Board:

– 1st Vice President: Chief Kenneth Albano, Temple Terrace PD
– 2nd Vice President: Chief Jeff M. Pearson, Satellite Beach PD
– Secretary/Treasurer: Chief Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee PD
– Past President at Large: Chief Dennis Jones, Tallahassee PD/Retired
– Parliamentarian: Chief Melanie Bevan, Bradenton PD

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 Terence Calloway, Florida A&M University Police Department
– District #4 Chief Sean Hemingway, Bay Harbor Islands Police Department
– District #5 Chief Larry Krantz, Casselberry Police Department
– District #6 Chief David Currey, Vero Beach Police Department
– District #7 will be filled shortly
– District #8 Director 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 will be filled shortly
– District #12 Chief Dan Slaughter, Clearwater Police Department
– District #13 Chief Hal Hutchins, Ocean Ridge 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

About the Florida Police Chiefs Association

The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) is the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation and is composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. The FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university and tribal 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. Membership in the FPCA supports and maintains the highest standards of public safety and police protection for the millions of people who live, work and play in the State of Florida. For more information about the FPCA, please visit