Leesburg Police Capt. Rob Hicks has been selected to become the department’s next chief, replacing Bill Chrisman, who will retire this month after 25 years of service to the city.
Hicks – the department’s special operations commander, public information officer and SWAT team commander - will become the 12th police chief since the department started nearly a century ago. He has 23 years of police service – 17 of those in Leesburg, where he has held most positions within the sworn ranks.
Hicks will take over as police chief on Aug. 21. He will work with current Chief Bill Chrisman beginning Aug. 11 to begin the transition. A ceremony for Hicks will be Aug. 25 at the Leesburg City Commission meeting at City Hall, 501 W. Meadow St.
“I am really excited to promote Rob Hicks to the Chief of Police position,” said Leesburg City Manager Al Minner. “Rob was selected from a highly qualified internal candidate pool that strongly reflects the level of experience, dedication and professionalism in the current Leesburg Police Department. Rob is well respected in the Leesburg community, other police organizations and within the department. I think Rob will bring a lot of experience, energy and new ideas to the department that will specifically focus on community outreach, officer training, recruitment, retention and continued fiscal responsibility.”
Hicks is a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Gulf War in Iraq and Kuwait. He holds a master’s degree in business administration / public administration from Columbia Southern University. He is working toward another master’s degree in management from Excelsior College in New York.
He worked as adjunct professor of criminal justice administration at Columbia College in Orlando. He also teaches at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.