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UT Alumna Jane Castor Named Next Tampa Police Chief

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.

The 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.

While at 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 Tampa Bay.