Former Delray Captain to Retire Again as Stuart's Top Cop

By CRA News Service

Retired Delray Beach Police Captain Edward M. Morley is again retiring, this time from the Stuart Police Department.

Morley retired in 1999 after a 22-year career with Delray Beach Police Department. His last day will be Sept. 30.

“I have no specific plans,” said Morley, who turns 62 next month. “I plan to get reacquainted with my wife and family. I’m not leaving the city.”

Morley is leaving under the city’s early retirement program and qualifies for a retirement package of 20 weeks of pay, about $44,736, and about $66,000 pay out of accumulated annual leave.

During his tenure as police chief, Morley:

  • started the department’s first motorcycle and gang units
  • led the police force in 2005 through its first accreditation with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement, a statewide organization that provides an impartial review of operations. The department has received accreditation in 2008 and 2011
  • received first place in the 2011 Florida DUI Challenge
  • earned annual awards from the National Association of Town Watch for Stuart’s National Night Out program, held in the first week of August each year
  • won the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement, an international award, presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in 2001
  • led the city through the response and recovery from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005
  • was instrumental in the approval, design and construction of the new Public Safety Building, which opened in 2007

The International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2001 awarded the department the Webber Seavey Award for quality law enforcement.

Morley said he is proud of the accomplishments but he can’t take the credit.

“It’s not my accomplishment,” he said. “It’s the department’s accomplishment. Everyone of the officers, every day, pour their hearts out working for the city of Stuart.”

Morley will be replaced with Assistant Chief David Dyess, who was recently appointed as the new chief by Stuart City Manager Paul Nicoletti. The move is effective Oct. 1.

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