Assistant Chief John Newman has served as the Assistant Chief of Investigations and Support
since April 29, 2012. Chief Newman spent the prior two years as the Commander of District II where his team exposed citywide tax fraud and launched a local investigation into a national epidemic. He also led a major investigation that helped dismantle the Drak Gang and sent seventeen gang members to jail. During his time in District II, his officers achieved the department's highest arrest rate of felons. The 26-year-veteran will now utilize his expertise to help the department in its final preparations of the Republican National Convention.
Chief Newman has served in Patrol, QUAD, Narcotics, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Legal and Internal Affairs. He worked five years as an undercover detective in the Narcotics Unit. For the last 20 years, he has been on the Honor Guard as a Bugler and also served six years on the Tactical Response Team.
Newman is from Brick, NJ. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of American Studies degree from the University of South Florida. He and his wife Dawn, of 25-years, have two daughters, Ashtin and Rebecca, who
are also University of South Florida alumni.