All hail the chief

Retired Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine is recognized with a standing ovation by more than 250 invited guests at his retirement party Feb. 22 at the Stoneybrook Golf Club. Romine was roasted, toasted and honored by family, fellow law enforcement, and officials from all over the state. He resigned his 19-year tenure as chief Jan. 31 and his law enforcement career of 33 years.


Retired as of Jan. 31, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine acknowledges the sentiments shared by Mike Crews, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, both heartfelt and humorous, at a Feb. 22 retirement party that included more than 250 guests, a prime rib dinner, many accolades, and some hilarity — videos and photos from the past. Romine concluded the event with his own accolades to his wife and daughter, family, former co-workers and friends.


Retired Holmes Beach Chief of Police Jay Romine took time at his retirement party to recognize his 13-year administrative assistant Chris Hanula and present a gift to her from himself and wife Jane Romine.



Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells delivers a T-plaque to Jay Romine, noting the retirement party invitation specifically requested “no plaques.” The event was held at Stoneybrook Golf Club in east Bradenton.



Palmetto Police Chief Michael Radzilowski begins his remarks with a flashlight — on loan from Sheriff Brad Stuebe, who had his mini-mag light at the ready when Radzilowski’s own flashlight failed. Top law enforcement from across Manatee County and the state attended Chief Jay Romine’s retirement party at Stoneybrook Golf Club, Bradenton.


Manatee Sheriff Brad Stuebe delivers barbs and praise for Romine’s advocacy for law enforcement at the state level as 2004 president of the Florida Police Chief’s Association and his 33-year career, including 26 years at the Holmes Beach police department, in the roast, toast theme of the night.


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