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CITY OF FLORENCE NOTIFIES COMMUNITY OF THE PASSING OF CHIEF TOM TURNER FLORENCE, OR

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PRESS RELEASE
NOT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 13, 2022
CONTACT:
Megan Messmer
Assistant City Manager/PIO
[email protected]
(541) 997-3437

Curt Peters

CITY OF FLORENCE NOTIFIES COMMUNITY OF THE PASSING OF CHIEF TOM TURNER
FLORENCE, OR – It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Chief Turner on
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at his home where he was surrounded by his family. Chief Turner served the
Florence community as Chief for the past seven years, beginning in 2015, and as the Lane County Sheriff
from 2011 to 2015. Chief Turner retired with over 40 years of public safety service to communities in Lane
County.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Collin and their family. We are thankful for the outpouring of
support that our City has received since the announcement of Chief Turner’s pending retirement earlier this
week. We are in contact with his family and will make sure we pass on the kind words and condolences.
In her notice to staff, City Manager Erin Reynolds stated “It was wonderful to see the outpouring of support
for Chief Turner and his family following the announcement of his retirement. Seeing all of the kind
messages from City staff and from members of the community confirmed what we all always knew, which
was that Tom was a truly wonderful person. We were all incredibly lucky to have him as a part of our lives
for the last seven years.”
The City of Florence would like to extend a special thank you to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, who will
take the lead on ceremonial arrangements to recognize Chief Turner’s career and commitment to public
service. We are grateful for their support in these efforts to allow our Police Department and City staff to
grieve. More information on services and recognition will be shared by the Sheriff’s Office and the City as it
is developed.
Florence Police Department Leadership
Earlier this week City Manager Erin Reynolds announced that effective Friday, May 6, 2022, Commander
John Pitcher was appointed as Interim Chief of Police for the City of Florence. The City will take time to
evaluate the needs of the Police Department before making a decision about the future of the Department’s
leadership. The City would like to extend a special thanks to Commander Pitcher for his leadership during
this time. More information will be forthcoming in the next 30 days.

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