The Tampa police department has confirmed that Ruben "Butch" Delgado, who was passed over for the chief's job earlier this year, will retire to take a job in the private sector.
A statement from the TPD did not indicate what position Delgado might be taking. "This is a great opportunity for me," he said. "I am so proud of the work the Tampa Police Department has accomplished, while serving and protecting the community over the years."
Delgado was a finalist for the chief's job, and many were upset that Mayor Jane Castor selected Mary O' Connor for the position. In his statement, Delgado called O' Connor a "great leader" who will "continue the proud legacy of this department."
Delgado leaves the police department after 24 years. His last day on the job will be July 1.
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