St. Petersburg, Florida -- A retirement ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 6 at Police Headquarters to honor the longest-serving Chief of Police in the history of the St. Petersburg Police Department, Charles "Chuck" Harmon.

Speakers at the event will includePinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas Park Chief of Police Doreen Thomas, Gulfport Chief of Police Rob Vincent, FDLE Special Agent in Charge Rick Ramirez and a representative from the U.S.Secret Service.

The ceremony will be held in the breezeway at the headquarters on 1300 First Avenue North at 1:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Department's Training Division at 1301 First Avenue North, Classroom D.

During the ceremony, Mayor Rick Kriseman will present Chief Harmon with his Retirement Badge Plaque.

Chief Harmon has been the Chief of Police since Dec. 18, 2001. His career with the St. Petersburg Police Department began in 1982 when he was sworn in as a police officer.During the course of his career, he held many positions and ranks within the agency, including Field Training Officer, Police Sergeant, Traffic Section Commander, Police Lieutenant, Police Major, and Assistant Chief of the Uniform Services Bureau.

Chief Harmon has been active in a variety of community service programs, is a member of the Tampa Bay Area Police Chiefs Association and serves on the Southeastern Public Safety Institute Advisory Committee.

He plans to enjoy retirement with his wife, Lori, and his children when he is not hitting the links or fishing.

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