ABOVE: Police Chief Brett Meade (Mount Dora Buzz file photo)
Stepping into his role as Mount Dora’s Interim Police Chief last July, Brett Meade hit the ground running and over the last several months earned the respect of the community. On Friday, Interim Mount Dora City Manager Charles Revell appointed Meade as the permanent Chief of Police.
“Serving the citizens of Mount Dora as the Chief of Police is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Mount Dora is an incredible community and it is an honor to lead a police department staffed with dedicated and committed personnel intently focused on providing a safe environment for our community,” said Chief Meade. “As we move forward, I ask that everyone assists the Mount Dora Police Department in achieving our agency priorities by getting involved, as our goal is to be the premiere law enforcement agency in Central Florida, and we will achieve this distinction by dedicated and trusted community partnerships.”
Meade began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the DeLand Police Department and later served almost 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where he retired as a patrol commander. In 2014, Meade was appointed Deputy Chief of Police for the University of Central Florida Police Department and retired with the honorary rank of Chief four years later. Mount Dora’s new chief has extensive command leadership experience in administrative as well as operational positions that include Campus Law Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Tourism Safety, Intelligence, Patrol Command, Investigations, and Youth Crime Prevention programs. Meade embraces community policing and intelligence-led policing philosophies with proven success in crime reduction.