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Cape Coral Police Chief Announces Two Promotions


(January 24, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Chief, Bart Connelly, has made his first two promotions since assuming command of the agency.

Yesterday, Chief Connelly announced that he has promoted Captain David Newlan to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.  Captain Newlan has been serving as the Interim Deputy Chief since October of 2013.

"I am pleased to report that I have appointed Dave Newlan to the position of Deputy Chief effective Friday, January 24, 2014.  Dave has proven himself to be a highly respected leader in the police department and community over the past 23 years.  He brings a high degree of professionalism and balance to our organization, and will play a significant role in moving our department and city forward.  Please join me in congratulating Dave."- Bart Connelly, Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief David Newlan came from the Professional Standards Bureau where he was most recently responsible for Personnel and Training, Internal Affairs, and Payroll.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master’s degree with a major in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University. He is a graduate of the 252nd session of the FBI National Academy.  He is also a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute's Executive Leadership Seminar. Captain Newlan is also a Certified Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and a Certified Assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.

Chief Connelly also announced the promotion of Master Corporal James Lear to the rank of Sergeant.  Sergeant Lear's promotion was effective last week.  Sergeant Lear will be assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

Sergeant Lear is in his 16th year with the Cape Coral Police Department.  He has done extensive work in Youth Crime, assisting with the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force,  and served for many years as a School Resource Officer at Mariner High School.  "I had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Jim for 4 years as a School Resource Officer.  Jim is effective and can get things done.  He is adept at working with diverse groups of people and will make a great addition to the Cape Coral Police Department leadership team."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer