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5th District Police Commander Named Police Chief of Melbourne, Florida

After almost 28 years with the Montgomery County Police Department, 5th District Commander David Gillespie is heading for the sunshine and warm breezes of Florida.

Gillespie, who has been the commander of the 5th District-Germantown since March of 2013 has been named the new Police Chief of the Melbourne Police Department in Melbourne, FL.

The appointment will take effect sometime in May or June, according to Gillespie. “We are still working on a date. I will be leaving here sometime in May.”

On Monday, the City of Melbourne put out a press release announcing Gillespie as its selection as new Chief of Police. Gillespie sent an email to officers of the 5th District on Friday.

“Leaving Montgomery County is extremely difficult to do,” said Gillespie. “I grew up here in Montgomery County, and the people and friendship that I have in this area are going to be greatly missed. I will miss that more than anything.”

“We had a tremendous pool of more than 130 candidates for this position and an absolutely top-notch group of finalists who came to Melbourne last week to meet the community and interview for the Chief’s job," said Melbourne City Manager Mike McNees.