Carrabelle has a new chief of police.
At the Nov. 7 city meeting, Carrabelle commissioners learned that Chief Joe Ham would retire on Dec. 31. Ham recommended that Deputy Chief Craig Kincaid be promoted to fill his vacated post.
Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Kincaid, who joined the force in Sept. 2006.
Gary Hunnings, formerly of the Apalachicola Police Department, was appointed deputy chief and Glen May, currently employed part-time by the Carrabelle police department, will now work full time.
In his letter of recommendation, Ham wrote that Kincaid had “an outstanding work ethic, is well knowledgeable and experienced and has character needed for this position.”
Although not officially chief until January 1, Kincaid is already in command as interim chief.
Kincaid studied criminal justice at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and at Florida Keys Community College, where he was listed on the President’s Honor List. He holds a bachelor of arts in the subject from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Ill.
He has a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. and studied public administration at Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, Ill..
He trained at the Illinois State Police Academy in 1984 and received his Florida Peace Officer Certification after training at Gulf Coast Community College in 2005.
He served on the Blue Island, Ill. Police Department from 1976 to 2004 and was part of an investigation into organized crime there.
After joining the Carrabelle force, he was promoted to corporal in 2007 and deputy chief in 2010.
During his 35-year career, he has served as both a uniformed and plainclothes officer, and served on and later led a SWAT team in Illinois.
He has received a Citation Star for Bravery, two Lifesaving Medals and was the Veterans of Foreign Wars Police Officer of the Year in 1985.
He has also received numerous written accommodations and certificates and letters of appreciation.
He is a certified instructor in several fields including crowd control, traffic direction, SWAT team tactics, firearms instruction, booking and custody procedures and crisis intervention. He is certified as a law enforcement general instructor in Florida.