Tommi Lyter was appointed Chief of Police by Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward on May 11, 2017. He was named Acting Chief of the Pensacola Police Department on May 6, 2017, one day after the previous Chief of Police – David Alexander III – retired.
He began his career with the Pensacola Police Department when he was hired as a police officer in August 1990. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003, promoted to lieutenant in 2006, to captain in 2014, and to Assistant Chief on July 16, 2015.
Among his assignments have been Uniform Patrol, Investigations, Neighborhood Services, TAC, SWAT, K-9, Dive Team, and Field Training Officer. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Chief Lyter has received three bronze crosses, one unit citation, a Chief’s Award, one meritorious service award, and one Grand Cordon. His department responsibilities have included project manager for body cameras and a citywide surveillance system.
He is on the Board of Directors for the Community Drug and Alcohol Coalition, volunteers with the Make a Wish Foundation, and works closely with neighborhood associations and Crime Watch groups.