Long-tenured Fort Myers police captain to retire

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FORT MYERS, Fla. A Fort Myers police captain who was a finalist to become chief last year will retire next month.

Capt. Willie Dennard, a member of the force for nearly 22 years, submitted his retirement letter Monday to City Manager Saeed Kazemi.

“This decision is painful to say the least, but after 30 years of public service (U.S. Army, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Myers Police Department) the time has come for me to pursue other career interests,” Dennard wrote.

His retirement will take effect March 8. He didn’t specify what he’ll do next.

Dennard was among eight candidates for chief who went before a citizens panel in June. The job ultimately went to Derrick Diggs, who had previously served as chief in Toledo, Ohio.

Read Dennard’s full letter to Kazemi below:

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