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‘A new chapter’ – Hunter sworn in as police chief amid dignitary-packed room

The capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials applauds as former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter is sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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The capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials applauds as former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter is sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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  • The new chief recognizes friends after taking the oath of office. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Melissa Hunter, Don Hunter's wife, watches as he takes the oath of office from State Representative Kathleen Passidomo. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Melissa Hunter pins the chief's badge on her husband. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • The capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials applauds as former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter is sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Hunter's new officers laugh at one of his jokes during his brief remarks. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Police officers troop the colors during the ceremony. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Marco Island City Council Chairman Jerry Gibson introduces notable guests. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Police officers troop the colors during the ceremony. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Meghan and Meredith Hunter bring roses and cookies for their dad. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Department officers salute. A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • A capacity crowd with full of dignitaries and law enforcement officials turned out to watch former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter sworn in as Marco Island's new police chief at the MIPD headquarters on a rainy Monday. Hunter's wife Melissa, and daughters Meredith, Olivia and Meghan were among the audience. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

Marco Island has a new police chief. In a packed community room at the MIPD headquarters, former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter was sworn in as the city’s third police chief, before a crowd of notables from law enforcement, government, and civic organizations from around Southwest Florida.

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