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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Mark Smith selected as new Police Chief for Panama City Police Department

Chief Mark Smith, 604

The City of Panama City is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Smith as the new Police Chief for the Panama City Police Department.

City Manager Mark McQueen and senior staff received more than 100 applications for the position and interviewed six candidates, with Smith being the best fit to lead the Police Department.

Smith has been with the City for 17 years, rising through the ranks from a police officer to Deputy Chief of Operations. Smith has served as the Interim Police Chief since former Police Chief Scott Ervin’s retirement in July.

“Smith’s depth of experience in law enforcement, his focus on building community relationships, and utilization of technology will be an asset in our continued efforts to provide the highest level of safety and security to our citizens and visitors,” said McQueen.

Smith obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1986 from Florida State University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence.

“I’ve been a lifelong resident of Panama City and I’m honored to be selected to serve the City, its citizens, visitors, and the Panama City Police Department as its Chief,” said Smith

Prior to his career with the City, Smith worked for the Panama City Beach Police Department for 17 years and retired as a Lieutenant in May 1997.

Smith will be sworn in as Police Chief at the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

The City would like to thank State Attorney Larry Basford and Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford for their help in informing the interview process.

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