Fort Myers, new police chief reach contract agreement

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fort Myers has secured its new top cop.

The city has reached a contract agreement with Derrick Diggs to become police chief, WINK News has learned. The City Council unanimously approved the hiring of the former Toledo, Ohio, chief last month, but he and the city still had to work out a deal.

He’ll earn $140,000 annually in base salary during the three-year pact, mayor Randy Henderson confirmed. The council ratified the contract by a 7-0 vote Monday afternoon. He’ll begin Aug. 16.

Diggs will take over a police agency that is dealing with violence in the streets, with the Club Blu mass shooting last Monday morning the latest high-profile incident.

Dennis Eads has been serving as interim chief since the firing of Doug Baker 11 months ago.

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