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Clermont swore in its new Deputy Police Chief Tuesday with a who's who of law enforcement on hand to celebrate the event. Shelli A. Walters, a 26 year veteran of the Altamonte Springs Police department was sworn in by City Clerk Tracy Ackroyd Howe at the city council meeting.

In addition to top ranking officers from other departments, a dozen of Clermont's officers were on hand for the ceremony.

In a letter to Police Chief Charles Broadway, Walters wrote, "During my 26 years with the Altamonte Springs Police Department, I have achieved a level of experience, education, training, and accomplishments that exceed the qualifications you are looking for."

"As a leader for the past thirteen years, I am ready and prepared to assume the position of Deputy Chief for the City of Clermont. I have experience managing all areas of city government with a specialization in law enforcement."

Walters is credited with having extensive knowledge in supervising employees, maintaining standards, emergency management, budget preparation and submission, community affairs, strategic planning, internal affairs, and legal affairs.

Walters has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administrative Affairs, DePaul University, 2008. She was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy - 226th Session, at Quantico, Virginia in 2006.

She also graduated from the Chief's Executive Seminar, Class 44, of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in 2010 and the Southern Police Institute, 36th class, Command Officer Development Course in 2003.

She left Altamonte where she rose to the rank of commander to take the Clermont position.

On hand for the swearing in were her husband, Kenny, and two daughters, Allison and Shelby.

Altamonte Springs' 26 year veteran police officer
Shelli Walters is sworn in as Clermont Deputy Chief
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Shelli and Kenny Walters
Kenny Walters pins the Deputy Chief badge on wife Shelli Walters after she was sworn in Tuesday night. Walters was joined by her family for the ceremony shown below, left to right, Allison, Deputy Chief Walters, Kenny and Shelby. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
Shelli Walters
Commander Shelli Walters grins as she is introduced to the Clermont City Council before being sworn in as the city's new Deputy Chief. Walters has 29 years of law enforcement experience, 26 of them with the Altamonte Springs Police Department. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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