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Former Clearwater police Chief Frank Daniels dead at 85

CLEARWATER — Former Police Chief Frank Daniels, whose law enforcement career spanned more than 30 years, died Sunday. He was 85.

Daniels was named Clearwater’s police chief in 1968, replacing Willis Booth, and served until 1980, when he retired to run for Pinellas County sheriff He officially retired from office in February 1981.

Born in Lake Wales in 1927, Daniels served in the U.S. Army for three years before beginning his law enforcement career with the Clearwater Police Department in 1949. As police chief, he established a victim assistance program, established a modern communications system and reorganized the department’s administrative functions.

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