Gary Blocker has been with the Wilton Manors Police Department for more than 25 years, and is in his second year as chief. But he says there’s more work to do, and he’s not going anywhere.
Speculation about his future began when news that Fort Lauderdale’s interim police chief, Pat Lynn, is leaving. Blocker’s name has been bandied about as a well-qualified member of law enforcement who knows the area and residents.
“I am fortunate to have been selected for Chief of the Wilton Manors Police Department,” he said. “I hope to remain in this position for years to come.”
Blocker believes Wilton Manors is a special place and is committed to being a part of the city’s future.
“There is much more our organization and community have yet to accomplish, and until we complete these missions, my plan is to remain here in our Island City.”
In June, around his first anniversary as chief, he looked back on the year with a sense of accomplishment and anticipation.
“The most exciting thing I’ve been involved in over the last year-plus is watching our staff interact with the community. They provide a level of service we are expected to provide and exceeding those expectations.”
In the same interview, he said one of his favorite parts of the job is building bridges and trust with the community.
“I enjoy it. It takes a partnership between the police department and the community. We cannot do it alone.”