Published: September 17, 2009
University of Tampa alumna Jane Castor ‘81 will be the first woman
ever to serve as the Tampa Police Department’s chief when she takes over
at the end of this month.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio made the appointment Sept. 16 as retiring Chief Steve Hogue announced his last day will be Sept. 30.
appointment means that the top two law enforcement positions in the
city and county are held by UT alumni. Hillsborough County Sheriff David
Gee '90 graduated with a degree in mathematics.
A 25-year veteran of the department, Castor, who currently serves
as the assistant police chief, has worked in patrol, narcotics, sex
crimes and criminal intelligence. Last month she was named Law
Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women
Law Enforcement Executives and has served as the department's liaison to
the gay and lesbian community. Castor will be one of nine other female
chiefs in the state’s almost 300 police departments.
UT, Castor played volleyball and basketball and earned a degree in
criminology, graduating with special honors. She was inducted into UT's
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Giving back to her community, she coaches
youth basketball teams and participates in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of