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Long-time South Daytona resident and 24-year Police Department employee Ron Wright has been named Police Chief, effective Oct. 1.
Chief Wright, 55, has been acting police chief since South Daytona Police Chief William C. Hall retired in January.
As a veteran city employee, Chief Wright brings a depth of local knowledge and experience to the position, said City Manager Joseph Yarbrough. "Ron knows this community well and brings a level of professionalism and experience that commands the respect of the officers and residents alike."
City Manager Yarbrough also noted he was pleased to be able to promote within. "The City has been fortunate to have a history of dedicated officers among its ranks that have developed leadership roles," he said.
Born in Ft. Myers, Chief Wright moved to South Daytona in 1968. His law enforcement career spans three decades, beginning as a reserve police officer with the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach police departments. In 1979, he became a full-time officer and over the next decade served the cities of Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach and Port Orange.
In 1989, he joined the South Daytona Police Department where he began his career as an officer and was promoted through the ranks as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and acting chief. He has served in numerous capacities, including field training officer/commander, traffic homicide investigator, crime scene sketch artist, state-certified report writing instructor, recruitment officer, background investigator, internal affairs investigator and public information officer.
Chief Wright graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program. He was honored as Police Officer of the Year in 1986, 1998 and 2005.