Tampa Gets 1st Female Police Chief

Jane Castor
Jane Castor
TAMPA (2009-09-16) -

Jane Castor has been steadily promoted through the ranks during her quarter-century with the Tampa police department. She started on patrol and has worked with the narcotics squad, family violence and sex crimes and criminal intelligence. And if Tampa City Council gives their OK, she'll soon be Chief. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio:

"Jane Castor has served in the Tampa Police Department for 25 years," she said. "She has filled every possible role you can imagine and has rose steadily through the ranks of leadership. She really is a born leader in her demeanor. I'm proud today to name Jane Castor as the next Tampa Police Chief."

Castor pledged to use innovative technologies to fine-tune the department's crime-fighting skills, but she also was asked about her precedent-setting promotion.

"The significance of being the first female is not lost on me," said Castor. "When you look around the Tampa Bay areas, there are so many strong females in office... I would rather focus on the honor of being the police chief of the best police department in the nation. And frankly, I'd rather be known as a good chief than the first female."

Iorio credited outgoing Chief Steve Hogue and his staff for reducing the number of major crimes committed in Tampa during his tenure in half. Iorio also said there was no nationwide search for a new chief because she was committed to hiring from within.

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