Late last year, Chief Tony Pustizzi announced he would be retiring in early 2018, after 30 years of dedicated service with the Coral Springs Police Department. At that time, there was no way to know the weeks leading up to his retirement date would be filled with tragedy. As Coral Springs Police personnel, city officials and city staff gathered to join Chief Pustizzi and his family for his celebratory cake on Wednesday, much was said about his 30-year career, as well as the events of the past two weeks. The Chief himself started with, “I could not be more proud of this department at this very moment. During the worst day of your careers, you did an outstanding job, you saved lives. Never forget what it is like to be a team. I remind you to always stick together.” This sentiment was followed by Mayor Skip Campbell who remarked, “I am really sorry Tony is retiring, the leadership you have provided is evident in the superlative actions of your officers.”
While much of the conversation during Chief Pustizzi’s retirement cake celebration was about the past two weeks, newly appointed Chief of Police Deputy Chief Parry took time to recognize his long and distinguished career. Chief Pustizzi was a proud member of the SWAT team, and served as its commander for more than eight years. He served as a supervisor in Criminal Investigations and Captain over the division once promoted. When promoted to Deputy Chief, he oversaw Operations and the Administrative Division, before his selection as Chief of Police in 2012. In May 2017, Chief Pustizzi served as Interim City Manager until the position was filled by our current City Manager Mike Goodrum. Chief Pustizzi served as Deputy City Manager and Chief of Police up until his retirement. He has received numerous accolades and opportunities to attend advanced training throughout his career. Most notably, Chief Pustizzi attended the FBI National Academy and is a proud graduate of Class #221. He served as the State President for the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy in 2014.
City Manager Mike Goodrum perhaps summed it up best as he referred to Chief Pustizzi’s wife, Lois, “Being the wife of the Chief of Police takes a lot of sacrifice. Tony served this community and department well. I truly mean it when I say; this is the best police department in the country. We saw it clearly in your actions two weeks ago. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement Tony.”
The members of the Coral Springs Police Department thank Chief Tony Pustizzi for his service and wish him a long and enjoyable retirement. We encourage members of our community to leave their well-wishes for Chief Pustizzi in the comments section below.