Retired Melbourne Police Chief Keith Chandler Passes Away at 76, Longest Tenured Chief in MPD History
By Space Coast Daily // November 16, 2020
Chief Chandler leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments and innovative programs
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Former Melbourne Police Keith Chandler, 76, passed away at home on November 8, 2020, with his loving wife Patti holding his hand. He was born on September 6, 1944, in Lansing Michigan.
Chief Chandler was innovative and committed to advancing community policing initiatives and forging strong relationships with the community.
He served with the Melbourne Police Department for 17 years and is the longest-serving chief in the department’s history.
Chief Chandler also served as the President of the Florida Police Chief’s Association where many of the programs he implemented during his tenure are still being utilized today.
In 2016, he was presented with the FPCA’s most distinguished Wall of Honor award for his major contributions to the FPCA and the law enforcement profession in the state of Florida.
“Chief Chandler leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments and innovative programs that will serve our community for years to come,” said current Melbourne police Chief David Gillespie.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patti, daughter Dori Teeter, son Michael Chandler and his grandson Ian Chandler.
Chief Chandler was a true public servant, who began his law enforcement career in Michigan, where he moved up the ranks before relocating to Florida and serving as Chief of Police for the city of Melbourne.
He was instrumental in growing the Melbourne Police-Community Relations Council, and he led the agency through the establishment of Community Oriented Policing and many other innovations. These achievements still benefit the city of Melbourne today.
Chief Chandler loved his law enforcement career and continued to contribute to the profession by teaching criminal justice programs at various universities throughout the country.
Keith and wife Patti moved to Lakeland, Florida in 2012, where he enjoyed golfing, cruising and his many pets. He is loved by many and will never be forgotten. His incredible life serving others will remain in the hearts of those he left behind.