Chief Stewart Steele
Chief of Police Stewart Steele began his career with the City of Chickasha on August 24, 2015, after retiring as Assistant Chief of Police from the City of Boynton Beach in Boynton Beach, Florida with almost 30 years experience in law enforcement.
Chief Steele started his law enforcement career in 1983 when he joined the United States Army. He served our country both here and overseas in Taegu, South Korea. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Specialist 4th Class at his end of service in 1987.
Chief Steele pursued a civilian career in law enforcement at the Boynton Beach Police Department, in Boynton Beach, Florida, in March 1987. As a recruit officer, he attended the Palm Beach Community College Police Academy and received his Florida Police certification. He was assigned to road patrol before becoming an undercover vice-narcotics agent and a member of the SWAT team.
In 1990, Chief Steele relocated to Tennessee and obtained his Tennessee Police certification. He was hired by the Signal Mountain Police Department and served as a road patrol officer before being hired by the Chattanooga Police Department. Chief Steele completed the Chattanooga Police Department Police Academy successfully and served as a road patrol officer with Chattanooga Police Department until he relocated back to South Florida in March 1994.
Chief Steele returned to the Boynton Beach Police Department on March 28, 1994. He served as a road patrol officer, field training officer, traffic officer, traffic homicide investigator, vice-narcotics officer (undercover), and SWAT team member before being promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001.
As a sergeant, he supervised a road patrol unit and later the traffic unit; he later became the department’s public information officer, and served as team leader for the SWAT team. He also served as Police Benevolent Association Union Representative.
On October 6, 2006, Chief Steele was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. As a lieutenant, he served as the road patrol district commander; investigative services commander, and SWAT Team Commander over 28 SWAT members. Steele is credited with starting the SWAT Medic Program as well.
On July 2, 2012, Chief Steele was appointed to serve as interim major and October 1, 2012, accepted official appointment to the rank of major. As a major, Chief Steele supervised the department’s Support Services Division. This division included supervision over a variety of specialty units such as the detective bureau and investigative services unit, crime scene unit, crime analysis unit, evidence unit, asset forfeiture unit, NIMS officer, victim advocacy unit, record and communications unit.
Chief Steele was later assigned to supervise the Administrative Support Services Division. He directly supervised the internal affairs unit, recruiting and training unit, promotional assessments, public records fulfillment requests, media relations, grant procurement, police training officer unit, and agency accreditation. He also supervised the marine unit, K9 unit, and crime prevention unit.
In July 2015, Chief Steele was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. His pertinent experience included oversight of all department operations and functions to include 220 sworn and civilian personnel and assisted in the management of $29 million dollar annual budget.
Chief Steele retired from the Boynton Beach Police Department on August 3, 2015, with almost 25 years of service at their department and almost 30 years of service in law enforcement.
Chief Steele earned his master degree in public administration and his bachelor degree in professional administration from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Chief Steele is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy (252nd Session), a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Chief Executive Leadership Courses. In addition, he earned a certificate from the Florida Police Chief Association for completion of the Future Police Chief program. Most recently, Chief Steele obtained Oklahoma CLEET certification and the Oklahoma Chief of Police certificate. Looking ahead, Chief Steele plans to further his education at Walden University with a doctorate degree in public policy and administration.
Chief Steele professional affiliations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association, Oklahoma Chiefs of Police Association, and the FBI National Academy Association and Alumni Group. In addition, Chief Steele has remained actively involved in the community serving as a volunteer on many boards,
Chief Steele has been married for more than 23 years to his wife, Laci. They have six children, Ashley, Spencer, Sean, Todd, Troy, and Connor. They enjoy spending time together as a family, volunteering, and going to sporting events.