Following Monday’s announcement that Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan is retiring effective September 10th, the department is moving forward with plans to appoint someone new to that position.
“It’s a serious job, with a lot of very important responsibilities, especially these days”, said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “But there’s no reason why we can’t have some fun with it.”
A reality/talent competition show titled “Tampa’s Got Cops” will take place at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts next Thursday night at 8pm.
“Contestants will be judged by a panel of local celebrities on their police skills, presentation and personality”, she said. “It doesn’t hurt to have a compelling personal backstory too. People love a nice, heartwarming human interest angle, someone to root for.”
Judges slated to be involved include Joe Redner, Richard Gonzmart, Dave Bautista and the Ybor Shoe Licker.
The winner will be sworn in as Tampa’s new Chief of Police with a three-year contract to serve in that capacity, the privilege of driving a police car as their personal vehicle, including the use of flashing lights and sirens whenever they want without ever having to stop for any red lights and one million dollars.
Tickets are $25 and on sale now.