City to honor police chief

The city commission of Holmes Beach was to hold a reception for retiring Police Chief Jay Romine after press time for The Islander, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

    Romine will retire Dec. 20 after 19 years in the top law enforcement spot.

    Commission Chair Jean Peelen welcomes all to attend the gathering as well as a formal presentation in Romine’s honor immediately following the reception and during the 7 p.m. commission meeting, also in city hall.

    At the time of his appointment, Romine was the youngest police chief in the state. He served the city more than 26 years, beginning as a patrol officer in 1979, and advancing to patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, assistant chief and chief.

    Romine also chief contributed his expertise and experience to numerous local, state, national and international associations and boards.

    He currently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Florida Police Chiefs Association; a member of Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board; state representative to the State Association of Chiefs of Police; member of Tampa Bay Chiefs of Police Association; chair of the Manatee County Law Enforcement Council; and chair of the Manatee Technical Institute Criminal Justice Academy Advisory Board and Board of Governors.

        For more information, call Peelen at 941-896-5827 or email at