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[Original Publish Date: 03/29/21]
EUSTIS, Florida — Less than three months after the abrupt resignation of the city’s last police chief, the City of Eustis has named a permanent replacement.
Craig Capri, who has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, will replace Interim Chief Ken Birkhofer, who has filled in as the city’s chief since January.
Capri was chosen from more than 75 applicants during a nationwide search, the city stated in a press release Monday. Capri comes to Eustis from Daytona Beach Police Department, where he worked his way up through the ranks, beginning as a police officer, and serving as a detective, Special Response Team (SRT) member, SWAT commander, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and finally as chief of DBPD and deputy city manager from 2017 to 2021.
Capri has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and Master of Science in criminal justice, both from the University of Central Florida, according to the press release. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) He brings to Eustis experience in specialized patrol, investigations, drug operations and special response.
According to the release, Capri believes in transparency and community policing and supports positive youth development by volunteering and mentoring in the community.
“I am pleased to add a highly-qualified law enforcement professional to the city’s leadership team,” City Manager Ron Neibert said in the release. “Chief Capri has the necessary experience and attitude to make a positive impact upon the Eustis Police Department and the city as a whole.”
Capri is scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. April 5, City Commission Chamber, 10 North Grove Street, Eustis. The public is invited to attend.
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