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Sarasota Police Chief James Rieser Announces His Retirement

| Angela Naff |

Sarasota Police Chief James Rieser has announced his retirement from the City of Sarasota effective August 25, 2021, at 5 p.m.

“Because of recent unexpected health issues and after much consideration and reflection, I have submitted my retirement.  I have been honored and humbled to serve as the Chief of Police for the past seven months,” said Chief Rieser. “It’s been an honor to serve this beautiful community I consider paradise over the past 29 years. The professionalism, integrity, and level of service of the men and women of the Sarasota Police Department are above and beyond what any leader could ask for.”

Chief Rieser joined the Sarasota Police Department in April 1992. Since joining the ranks of the Sarasota Police Department, Chief Rieser served in the Patrol Division, Professional Standards Division, Narcotics and Criminal Investigations Division, and most recently was the commander of the Support Services Division before being appointed Chief of Police in January 2021. During his service, he was awarded a Life-Saving Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal, as well as several commendations.

Acting Chief

City of Sarasota Manager Marlon Brown has announced that Deputy Chief Rex Troche will take over as interim Chief of Police.

Sarasota Police Department

The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence-led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime.  Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community.  For more information about our department, visit Sarasota Police Department website.

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