Chief of Police Michael Kessie
I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began my police career in 1979 at a police department in Northwest Indiana where I retired as Deputy Chief of Operations after 22 years of service. After moving to Florida in 2002, I worked for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Campus Police. I hold a degree from Indiana University and have attended Command Officer Development School at the Southern Police Institute. I am Chairperson of the Suncoast Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board and the Florida Police Chief’s Association University/Education Committee. I am also District One Director for the Florida Police Chief’s Association which covers Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota County.