Longboat Key Police Chief to be honored by Town

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming’s last day before retiring is Oct. 23. On Monday, he will be recognized for his years of service to the town at a commission workshop.

Cumming has worked in law enforcement in Florida for more than 40 years and has served Longboat Key since March 31, 2008 and as Longboat Key’s Police Chief, since May 7, 2012.

Town Manager Tom Harmer said, “Pete has dedicated himself to this community with a very professional manner and has helped maintain the high bar of customer service that our residents and visitors expect. He has served with distinction and gained the respect of his peers and the community.”

Chief Cumming ran the department during some of the island’s more pressing police incidents: the homicides at the Zota Beach Resort, the long-standing investigation into a suicide at the Moorings Spa; the installation of license plate recognition systems; the case of Officer Vogt’s termination; the centralization of dispatch from Longboat Key to Sarasota County; in addition to the daily role of running a department focused on a high level of service.

Cumming told Harmer at the beginning of this year, that he wished to retire by the end of 2020. Soon, Harmer started recruiting for a replacement and Kelli Smith is scheduled to start on Oct. 26 as the new Chief.

Cumming said he more than enjoyed his year’s on the Department and his fellow co-workers and now looks forward to a new chapter filled with a combination of travel, as well as relaxation with his wife and numerous tortoises he raises in his east Manatee estate.

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