Meet The Chief

Meet The Chief

Edward Ryan was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the City of Fort Walton Beach on July 5, 2016.

Chief Ryan has amassed more than 31 years of law enforcement and Community Policing experience and has served as the Norfolk Police Department’s assistant police chief since December 2010. He previously served as captain and was commanding officer of the detective division and the personnel liaison/training divisions, among other responsibilities. Ryan holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Ryan is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and has completed several law enforcement leadership schools, to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) Session #258, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course, and the University of Richmond’s Professional Executive Leadership School. He has also focused on Crisis Intervention Training, which assists in dealing with citizens with mental illness. Other experience includes leadership over patrol divisions, administration, and communications.

Chief Ryan, along with all members of the FWBPD, take pride in providing the highest level of professional law enforcement service to those who live in, work in, or visit the City of Fort Walton Beach.