- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor has retired after a 31-year career that included a four-day manhunt for a man who killed two officers and helping to coordinate security at the Republican National Convention.

Castor’s last day on the job was Friday. She was appointed chief in 2009 and was the city’s first female chief. She started with the agency when she was a 24-year-old patrol officer.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said that in retirement, Castor will run a non-profit called Rise Tampa - Our Police Foundation.

It will raise money for advanced training, specialty equipment and new technology within the department that the city budget cannot fund. The foundation will also fund community outreach initiatives for at-risk children in Tampa’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Assistant Chief Eric Ward will become chief.


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