PLANT CITY – A retired Hillsborough County sheriff’s colonel was named Friday as Plant City’s new police chief.
Ed Duncan, who retired from the sheriff’s office in 2012 after a 34-year career, starts July 7. He was chosen from 80 applicants for the job, Assistant City Manager Bill McDaniel said.
He replaces Steve Singletary, who was fired in January for misconduct amid allegations that he had sex with a woman when he should have been on duty. Singletary admitted the affair but said it occurred on his personal time.
Duncan, who will be paid $99,750 in his new job, is no stranger to Plant City.
Duncan, 58, is a longtime Plant City resident and was part of the security detail at the Florida Strawberry Festival for 20 years. His wife, Kelley Kersey, is a Plant City native.
McDaniel wrote in an announcement that Duncan, “has an outstanding history of law enforcement experience and leadership. He brings to the position a wealth of experience and wisdom that will benefit both our police department and the community as a whole.”
Duncan, who set his eye on a law enforcement career as a Hillsborough High student, took his first job in the field – as a Tampa Police Department crime scene technician – shortly after his 1974 graduation. In 1978, then Hillsborough Sheriff Malcolm Beard offered him a job as a deputy.
He was assigned to a patrol district that included Dover, which led him to move to Plant City four years later.
He rose through the ranks, serving time in patrol, vice, organized crime and internal affairs. He was named major in 2004 and colonel in 2009.
He helped oversee law enforcement during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. He was among the top officials who received accolades for keeping peace during the convention.