Chief Castor faces mandatory retirement

Tampa, FL -- 10 News sat down with Jane Castor just months after she became the city of Tampa's first female Police Chief back in early 2010. In that interview, Chief Castor spoke about her future, and she indicated she might be ready to step down in 2014.

"Actually, the tenure for a big city chief is about three to five years," Castor said at the time.

Castor's future is now an issue, because she's in the city's deferred retirement option plan, which lets her work while drawing from her pension. But once Castor entered the program in 2009, she was limited to how many more years she could work as a city employee and Castor's mandatory retirement date is now approaching.

That date falls in early May.

On Monday the Chief was mum about her future plans, when asked if she had any comment.

"Nothing (to say) at this point. May 5th will be 30 years in law enforcement, and every day has been great," she said.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has also been quiet about the issue, with his spokesperson Ali Glisson telling 10 News, "Ultimately the position is the discretion of the mayor. He will make an official announcement when appropriate. Any other conversation is just speculation."

But Councilman Charlie Miranda says one option to keep Castor would be for her to retire, and then be hired back as a contract employee. It's an option Miranda says he supports.

"When you have so many people working for you there's usually dissension... [but with Castor] there hasn't been dissension at all. She makes a decision and that decision is thought of before, not spontaneously and she's the type of person that should be a leader a little while longer," Miranda said.


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