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Grau Named Florence Police Chief; 23-year veteran replaces John McDermond, who is retiring July 31

Mayor Diane Whalen today announced the appointment of Captain Thomas Grau as the new Florence Police Chief, replacing Chief John McDermond who is retiring July 31st.


Grau is a 23-year veteran of the Florence Police Department and has served as a Captain with the department since 2013. Tom was hired as a patrolman in 1995 and has risen through the ranks of the department holding the positions of Senior Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. His years in the department have allowed him to gain a wide range of valuable experience including serving with the department’s Crime Suppression Unit and as a Detective. He has worked as a Field Training Officer and as the supervisor of the Accident Reconstruction Team, as well as the Community Resource Unit.

Mayor Whalen stated, “The City of Florence is fortunate we have officers within our ranks who can continue to lead our Police Department. The City has done a great job of providing the department with opportunities, education, and hands-on experience needed to mentor new leaders. I am confident Tom can step in and continue to build the reputation of the Florence Police Department as one of the best in the state.”


Tom Grau stated, “I am very thankful for this opportunity. I feel very fortunate to inherit a department with such high professional standards. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we move forward with the goal of protecting quality of life issues for the citizens of Florence.”

Captain Grau is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a BS degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration. He also attended Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has served his entire career as a member of the Florence Police Department. Tom is married to Tricia Grau and they have three children.

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