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City manager recommends Newlan as police chief

By Staff | Aug 18, 2016

City Manager John Szerlag will ask Cape Coral City Council at its regular meeting on Monday to approve his recommendation of promoting David Newlan to the position of police chief full time.

Newlan has been serving the Cape Coral Police Department as interim Police Chief since former Chief Bart Connelly retired a few months back. Newlan has been with the department for 25 years, six as a captain and the last three as deputy chief.

Szerlag also is asking council to give Newlan a starting salary of $136,000, which is just above the midpoint of the pay range for the position making council approval required.

No public hearings for ordinances are scheduled for Monday’s meeting, but council will discuss water quality issues, the Seven Islands development plan and the Bimini Basin management.

On the water quality issue, council is expected to approve a resolution “strongly urging the state of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate the planning and design process for the EAA storage and ASR/Decomp project.”

The project concerns the delivery schedule to provide additional water storage south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce the catastrophic high-volume freshwater discharges to coastal waterways.

Monday’s meeting is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Next Wednesday at the Public Works Annex the city’s bicycle/pedestrian plan will be discussed in a public workshop setting. That meeting is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.