John (Jack) T. Cavanaugh Jr., chief of police for the Lee County Port Authority Police Department, has been elected president of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association for 2013.
The Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association, founded in 1985, promotes efficient law enforcement services through cooperation and coordination between 34 local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Southwest Florida. Previously, he had held positions as treasurer and secretary of the non-profit organization.
Cavanaugh was named police chief for the Lee County Port Authority in 2009 and is responsible for public safety and security at Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. He began his career with LCPA in February 1991, as a patrol officer and a member of the canine team. In 1999, he was promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant in 2002, where he was a watch commander and assisted in the development of APD policies and procedures. In 2007, Cavanaugh was promoted to major/assistant chief charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the airport security program, working closely with the Transportation Security Administration and managing the airport police patrol division.
Cavanaugh graduated from the 226th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in September 2006 and obtained his certification for Airport Security Coordinator Training through the American Association of Airport Executives in 2006. He completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Executive Development Seminar in April 2011.
In 2012, Cavanaugh retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as chief petty officer in charge of the Reserve Unit at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, where he served since 1986.
Cavanaugh has an associate's degree in criminal justice from Edison State College. For more information, please visitwww.flylcpa.com.