Fort Myers Police Chief contract has been renewed by city council

Published: August 2, 2021 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: August 4, 2021 3:22 PM EDT

Fort Myers City Council has decided to renew Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs’ contract until 2023.

On Monday night, the Fort Myers City Council discussed his contract and decided it will be renewed for a few more years.

Renewing the Diggs’ contract would likely be for two more years – through August of 2023.

Diggs became police chief in 2016. Since then, he’s focused on building trust between his officers and the community, bringing down crime rates within the city, and implementing crime tracking technology in his department.

WINK News was able to speak for Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs after Monday’s renewal and he still wants to accomplish more things in the next two years.

He says he wants to continue his efforts to reduce crime. Chief Diggs speaks about data-driven crime prevention and community involvement helping improve safety in the city often. He signed his contract Monday in hopes that he could keep that momentum going.

“I’m proud to lead the men and women of the Fort Myers Police Department for two more years. We’re going to continue to do the things that we’ve done to make the city the safest city in the United States,” said Diggs.

After some negotiating behind closed doors, Fort Myers City Council approved Chief Diggs’ contract renewal quickly and without any debate.

Councilman Johnny Streets represents Ward 2. “The reason why I would like him to stay is he did what we asked him to do. Was everything perfect? No, but the crime went down.”

Kevin Anderson is the Mayor of Fort Myers. “I hope to see them continue to drive down the crime, especially the violent crime. I hope to see increased community interaction,” Anderson said.

The renewed contract includes that if the council decides to keep Diggs, his salary will remain the same at $194,852. However, this new contract does not include any provisions for renewal.

This is because, according to councilmembers, Diggs’ time may not be up in two years. “He still could be considered for continued employment at that time,” said Anderson.

“I like it like that because it gives the chief an opportunity to sit down with the city manager well before those two years are up and say this is what we can work out,” said Streets.

Chief Diggs was up for the Police Chief position in Columbus, Ohio, earlier this year, but he was not selected.

Diggs has not said he feels about the terms o the agreement or if he’s willing to or even interested in coming back to the table in two years.