John Mina: Orlando’s New Police Chief

by Conner Price

 

John Mina, Orlando’s police chief has been elected by the people of Orlando as sheriff for Orange County, winning the race against two other opponents. Mina, who will replace Jerry Demmings will be taking over his new role over in January.

Mina’s career started with the United States Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, and as a Military Police Officer. From there he came to Orlando Police Department, where he worked gave for over 27 years. As a member of the Orlando Police Department, he not only received many awards and accolades, but also served as the Chief Commander on Orlando SWAT. On February 15th of this year, he made the decision to resign as Orlando Chief of Police and run for the Sheriff of Orange County. Although he was asked to resign his post prior to taking the role of Sheriff, Mina continued to work as Chief of Police while campaigning.

Mina who ran as an independent gained popularity, because of he lead the Orlando Police Department during the aftermath of the devastating Pulse Nightclub shooting. Following the Pulse shooting John traveled the world, speaking to thousands about his experience on Pulse and the impact that the shooting had on his city. Because of his quick thinking his popularity quickly increased.
John Mina faced off against Democrat Darryl Sheppard and former member of the Florida Highway Officer Joe Lopez for the role of sheriff. Mina was also very proudly endorsed by every Mayor in Orange County, and although he was deeply criticized for his record on the force with allegations pertaining to his officers and their excessive use of force, he still managed to pull out a win by far exceeding the other opponents.