By: Sharon Aron Baron
The City of Coral Springs didn’t need to look any further than within its own ranks to find their next chief of police. They selected one of their deputy chiefs to replace outgoing Police Chief Pustizzi, who announced his retirement in January.
City Manager Mike Goodrum selected Clyde Parry, a 31-year veteran of the Coral Springs Police Department who began his career as a patrol officer.
“I am impressed with Clyde’s approach to law enforcement, his professionalism, leadership abilities and his broad public safety background,” said Goodman.
Parry will oversee a 210 police officers and 100 civilian members, which serves approximately 127,000 residents.
Chief Parry began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1987 where he served as a patrol officer until 1989, when he was transferred to the vice, intelligence and narcotics unit. During his tenure with the VIN unit, he was assigned to the Fort Lauderdale District Office of the drug enforcement administration, serving as a task force officer from 1997 until 2006.
In late 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant serving in the patrol unit and then the vice, intelligence & narcotics Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 where he supervised patrol (platoon one bravo.) Then in May 2010, he was promoted to captain of the patrol component. On April 21, 2012, he was promoted to deputy chief of the operations division.
Chief Parry was named “Officer of the Year” in 2002 and “Supervisor of the Year” in 2007. He received The Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award from the United States Attorney’s Office in 2010, an Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation in 1999, a Unit Citation in 1999, a Team Citation Award in 2009, and has received numerous letters of commendation from both the public and other law enforcement agencies throughout his career.
Chief Parry holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University, an online university based in Orange Beach, AL. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, the Law Enforcement Executive Development Academy’s (LEEDA) Command Institution for Law Enforcement Executives, and the FBI National Academy.
“I am not just honored to be a Chief of Police, I am honored to be the Chief of Police of the Coral Springs Police Department,” said Parry. “At a time when words like courage, bravery and heroes take on a new meaning, I am honored to lead such a fantastic group of professional police office.”