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Newlan named city police chief

By Staff | Aug 23, 2016

Not surprisingly, Cape Coral did not have to look outside of its own house to choose a new chief of police.

Dave Newlan, who has been serving the last three months in the capacity of interim police chief, was named to the position officially by City Manager John Szerlag during Monday’s City Council meeting.

Council ap-proved the choice and Szerlag’s annual salary request for Newlan.

Since the $136,000 salary amount is above the midpoint of the position’s salary range, Szer-lag was required to get council approval according to city ordinance.

That ordinance caused Coun-cilmember Richard Leon to cast the lone dissenting vote. Leon reiterated his stance on staff having to come to council to fill positions at salaries above the midpoint. Councilmember Jim Burch agreed with Leon and asked him to put it on a council agenda for discussion.

“We’ve got to fix this,” Burch said. “The ranges are there for the average employee, but when you have an exceptional one as Chief Newlan is why does council need to be involved?”

As deputy chief, Newlan was being groomed to succeed former Chief Bart Connelly for the past three years.

Connelly recently retired and Newlan has been serving the Cape Coral Police Department for 25 years, including six as a captain.

Szerlag indicated Chief Newlan will participate in the same pay increases approved for other exempt personnel effective Oct. 1.