The Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association is a premier member organization; the purpose of which is to promote efficient law enforcement services through the cooperation and coordination of all law enforcement agencies within Southwest Florida. The non-profit association has been in existence since 1985.
Board of Directors
Chief David Newlan
Cape Coral Police Department
Chief David Newlan is a native of Florida, and began his career with the Cape Coral Police in 1991 as a Police Officer. With over 27 years of law enforcement experience in various aspects of public safety, he’s been assigned to During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau, and the Professional Standards Bureau where he was responsible for Personnel and Training, Internal Affairs, Budget, policy writing, and accreditation.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master’s degree with a major in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University.
He is a graduate of the 252nd session of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University, a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Executive Leadership Seminar, and a graduate of the 58th session of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police.
Chief Newlan is a Certified Assessor (Team Leader) for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He is also a Board Member for the Southwest Florida – FBI National Academy of Associates. Chief Newlan serves on the Lee County Human Services Advisory Council, and is the Co-Chair for the Region 10 Southwest Florida Public Service Academy for Law Enforcement.
Deputy Chief Lisa Barnes
Cape Coral Police Department
Deputy Chief Lisa Barnes began her career with the Cape Coral Police Department in 1991. During her tenure with the agency, she has held various assignments throughout the department including Patrol, Investigations and Professional Standards.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University Professional Studies with a concentration in Public Administration as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.
Deputy Chief Barnes attended the 269th session of the FBI National Academy. She also a graduate of the 55th session of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police.
She is currently on the Executive Board of the Coalition for a Drug Free Southwest Florida as well as the Executive Board of Blue Line Bears.
Chief William Dalton
Sanibel Police Department
William Dalton is in his 24th year with the Sanibel Police Department and has been the Chief of Police since 12/31/16. He holds a BA from U.S.F. in Criminal Justice and an M.B.A. from F.G.C.U. During his time off he enjoys coaching his children’s sports , playing golf and fishing
Captain Gardner W. Blizzard III
Lee County Port Authority Police Department
In October of 2005, Captain Gardner Blizzard started his career with the Lee County Port Authority Police Department having moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. Since coming to the department, Gardner has been promoted through the ranks; in June of 2008, was promoted from Patrol Officer to Senior Patrol Officer; in February of 2010 was promoted to Sergeant; in January, 2014, promoted to Lieutenant; in June, 2016 was promoted to Captain of the Support Services Division.
Captain Blizzard oversees the department’s Training Unit, Investigations Unit, Intelligence, and is a liaison with TSA and all other tenants within the airport.
Captain Blizzard had assisted the training unit throughout his career as an instructor in firearms, Taser, active shooter, and held the position of Range Master for several years.
Captain Blizzard has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. He is a graduate from the 261st session of the F.B.I. National Academy and has recently been accepted into the Graduate Program at the American Military University.
Immediate Past President
Chief Thomas Lewis
Punta Gorda Police Department
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chief Lewis began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer. In 1998, Chief Lewis joined the Punta Gorda Police Department team as a Police Officer.
In 2010, Chief Lewis attended and graduated from the prestigious 243rd Session of the FBI National Academy. In 2012, Chief Lewis was honored by the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association as the 2012 Command Officer of the Year. Chief Lewis is a graduate of the 2010 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, the 2012 Future Law Enforcement Executive Seminar, and the 2013 Advanced Future Law Enforcement Executive Seminar. He also graduated as Class President of the 2013 Leadership Charlotte Class.
Chief Lewis serves as an assessor, team leader, committee member, and instructor with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. Chief Lewis was awarded a state honor with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement’s Executive Director’s Award for 2013. He also serves as a committee member and instructor for the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition. He maintains involvement with the community through coaching youth basketball and as a Board member of Drug Free Charlotte County.