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Chief Joe Hallhall profile 2012

Chief Hall was appointed Police Chief of Bartow Police Department on July 13, 2009. He came to Bartow after a lengthy career with the Panama City Police Department. 

Chief  Hall began his law enforcement career with the city of Callaway Police Department in 1983 as patrolman. In 1985, he went to work for the Bay County Sheriff’s Office where he served on patrol and in the street crimes unit until October of 1988. At that time, he went to work for the Panama City Police Department as a patrolman.

Chief Hall holds the following credentials: A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice, B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, graduate of the FBI National Academy, graduate of State of Florida’s Executive Institute.


In 1990, he was asked to help start a school resource officer program in conjunction with the Bay County School Board. We were able to design and implement a school resource officer program that is in existence today. After leaving the Panama City school resource officer program Chief Hall served in the detective bureau of the police department working homicides, robberies and burglaries until being promoted to Detective Sergeant and later as Detective Lieutenant.


In 1999, he was promoted to Commander and was reassigned to the Field Services Division. There he supervised patrol officers, honor guard, school resource officers, reserve officers, K-9 officers, SWAT unit, Explorer program and special events. In 2004, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police where he was responsible for legal affairs for the, Code Enforcement, Internal Affairs, discipline, human resources and scheduling. In July 2009 he became the Chief of Police for the City of Bartow, Florida.


During his tenure with the Panama City Police Department Chief Hall was certified and very active in the state of Florida’s accreditation by serving as a State Assessor. Chief Hall also served as the Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police, and President of the City of Panama City Police Department’s employee association. He served as the area representative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Graduates District One.


Chief Hall is married to Edwina. They share one son and one daughter. 




Deputy Chief David Wyant


Deputy Chief David Wyant was appointed by Chief Hall to the newly created position of Deputy Chief on January 20, 2014.  He began his career with Bartow Police Department in August 1994, after having been an active Reserve Officer from 1993-1994. He is a graduate of Bartow High School, the FBI National Academy, and holds a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. Active in the community, Wyant graduated from Bartow Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class XIV in 2012.Deputy Chief Wyant


Over the course of his law enforcement career, Deputy Chief Wyant has served in a variety of units within the agency, including: Patrol, Bike Unit, Narcotics/Vice Detective, Felony Crimes Detective, and  most recently as Sergeant and Supervisor of the Detective Division.


On January 9, 2014 Wyant received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Polk County Police Chief's Association.


Deputy Chief Wyant is responsible for the following sections: Uniform Patrol, Fiscal Operations, Facilities Services, Criminal Investigations, Telecommunications, and Records.


Deputy Chief Wyant is married to Dawn Wyant since 1995 and has three children.









 Lt. G McLin

Lieutenant Gary Wayne McLin


Lt. McLin began his career with Bartow Police Department on October 5, 1981. He is currently Commander over Patrol Squads, K-9 Units, School Resource Officers, and the Reserve Officer Program. Lt. McLin and holds an AA Degree in Criminal Justice and has completed numerous educational classes including Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor and Armorer.


Lt. McLin is active in the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force,

Tampa Bay Area Intelligence Unit, Florida Intelligence Unit,

Polk County Area Intelligence Unit, and the Polk County Emergency

Preparedness Advisory Board.




Bartow Police 2014 Chain of Command

Last updated: 11/10/2014 9:27:43 AM