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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Apr. 30, 2021 1 week ago

Saima Plasencia named Ocoee police chief

City Manager Robert Frank announced her appointment to the position is immediate.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Following the retirement of longtime Chief Charlie Brown, Ocoee City Manager Robert Frank has appointed Assistant Police Chief Saima Plasencia to the position of police chief. Three internal candidates applied for the job, and Frank reached out to the Florida Police Chiefs Association to assess each candidate’s executive police experience. 

The panel comprised of six active Florida police chiefs and one retired chief forwarded a unanimous recommendation to the city manager for Plasencia.

Plasencia has been acting police chief since February and will assume the role of police chief immediately. She has more than 30 years of law-enforcement experience. She joined the Ocoee Police Department five years ago and previously worked at the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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