Melanie Bevan became the Chief of the Bradenton Police Department in February of 2016. Prior to this, she served the St. Petersburg Police Department for 29 years, retiring at the rank of Assistant Chief at the time of her selection as Chief of Bradenton. She served in a variety of specialized positions during her tenure, including Vice and Narcotics Detective, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, SWAT Team Member, Canine Unit Commander, Intelligence Unit Commander, and Street Crimes Unit Commander.
Chief Bevan has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership.
Chief Bevan is also a member of the International Leadership Association “for those who practice, study and teach leadership”, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.