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Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez to Retire Feb. 2

After nearly 30 years of service, Chief Tomas Sanchez will retire from the City of Hollywood effective February 2, 2018.  He has submitted his official “Letter of Separation from the City of Hollywood” to the City Manager, Dr. Wazir Ishmael.

Chief Sanchez joined the Hollywood Police Department in May 1988 as a Police Officer. He has worked his way through the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Assistant Chief, and Interim Police Chief prior to being named chief in the summer of 2015.

Sanchez had extensive experience leading numerous divisions and sections of the Police Department, including Professional Standards, Neighborhood Services, Drug Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Patrol, Support Services and Special Operations.   Throughout his career, Chief Sanchez has received many honorable commendations from residents and civic organizations, as well as certifications from various agencies and universities, according to information from the Hollywood Police Department.

As chief, he has had many successes, culminating in a substantial decrease in crime in Hollywood and a coordinating decrease in violent crime during fiscal year 2017.

Sanchez earned his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University in August of 1993, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in Missouri.  He graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the Southern Police Institute.

The Chief of Police position is a non-civil service position, meaning it is an appointed position by the City Manager. It is within the city manager’s authorization and discretion to either publicly post for the position, appoint someone from within the organization or leave the position open. At this point it is not known what the city manager will do. In the interim, Acting Police Chief Chris O’Brien will continue to handle the day-to-day operations of the department.  The decision of the city manager will be announced at the time of Sanchez’s departure.




David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.



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