Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg on Monday promoted Lt. Dave Black to the rank of Captain, an honor signifying his last day with the department after more than 25 years of dedicated service.
Captain Black joined the department in May of 1998 after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002 and lieutenant in 2006, serving as the commander of the Special Operations bureau.
In this role, he oversaw the Marine Unit, the Motor Unit, the Special Response Team, the Dive Team, and the Mounted Unit. He served for many years as the lieutenant of the Detectives Division.
Captain Black's dedicated commitment and work as an officer led to the formation of the K9 Unit and the Special Response Team.
The crowd for his promotion ceremony was a testament to the close bonds Captain Black has built with his colleagues and with the community.
"It has truly been an honor to serve with Dave Black," said Chief Brandenburg. "He is a dedicated leader who has mentored many officers in this department. He leads by example. We wish him well in future endeavors, but the Key West Police Department will miss him."
In the photo from L to R: Captain Dave Black, City Manager Patti McLauchlin, and Police Chief Sean Brandenburg.