Steve Singletary is officially the new chief of the Plant City Police Department.
Four months after he became the interim chief, City Manager Greg Horwedel decided it was time to make the promotion permanent. With his wife Courtney at his side, the 16-year veteran was sworn in Monday as the head of the agency.
“I am truly honored to be the chief of the Plant City Police Department,” Singletary said.
A number of officers were at Monday night’s city commission meeting to watch as he was sworn in by City Clerk Kerri Miller. He thanked the officers for supporting him as he became the new chief.
Singletary was named interim chief late last year after longtime chief Bill McDaniel retired. McDaniel, who is now assistant city manager, said Singletary stepped right into the leadership role.
“For many years, the police department was my baby. I leave my baby in very capable hands,” McDaniel said.
Singletary is a self-described Air Force brat who lived in many places before his dad ended his military career at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He graduated in 1987 from Tampa's Robinson High School before he joined the Air Force.
He spent nine years in law enforcement in the Air Force before he decided to work in law enforcement outside the military. He has risen through the ranks in Plant City and was a captain before he became interim chief.
He met his wife, a teacher at Durant High, in Plant City, and the two have been married since 2001. They have a son, Mason. Singletary also has two sons from a previous marriage: Kenny and Jordan.
Singletary said at the swearing-in ceremony that he didn’t go it alone.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends,” he said.