1968 - 1981
Daniels was born in Lake Wales, Florida on November 29, 1927.
He attended public schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough
served in the United States Army for three years prior to
beginning his career in law enforcement when he joined the
Clearwater Police Department on January 16, 1949.
He was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant on
November 1, 1950. Two years later, on January 16, 1952, he was
promoted to Detective Sergeant.
Sergeant Daniels was advanced in rank to Uniform Captain
on February 5, 1958 and to Detective Captain on March 19,
Daniels was the recipient of the Palmitier Award for outstanding
police work in 1955. He
attended and graduated from both the Southern Police Institute and
the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Detective Captain Daniels was appointed Chief of Police on
August 3, 1968, upon the retirement of Chief Willis D. Booth. As Chief of Police, Daniels established a modern communications
center and reorganized the police department by implementing three
divisions: Operations, Administration, and Support Services. Each of these divisions was headed by administrators promoted to
the newly created rank of Police Major.
Chief Daniels was a member and past President of the Exchange Club
of Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Area’s Chiefs of Police Association,
and the Florida Peace Officers’ Association.
Chief Daniels retired to campaign for Sheriff of Pinellas County
in 1980; his official retirement from the police department was
on February 2, 1981. Chief
Daniels was active in banking after leaving the department and later
created a firm specializing in private investigation.
He died Sept. 22, 2013
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