Sarasota police chief James Rieser

Sarasota police chief James Rieser

Sarasota Police Chief James Rieser has announced his retirement from the City of Sarasota effective today, Aug. 25, 2021, at 5 p.m., citing recent health issues.

“Because of recent unexpected health issues and after much consideration and reflection, I have submitted my retirement.  I have been honored and humbled to serve as the Chief of Police for the past seven months,” Rieser said in a statement.

Deputy Chief Rex Troche

Deputy Chief Rex Troche

Rieser joined the Sarasota Police Department in April 1992. He was appointed police chief in January 2021 after former chief Bernadette DiPino stepped down.

Update, 12:35 p.m.: City of Sarasota manager Marlon Brown has announced that Deputy Chief Rex Troche will take over as interim chief of police.

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