Deputy Police Chief First City Employee to Earn Doctorate Degree

Deputy Police Chief Anthony Thompson. SC photo by Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen

Deputy Police Chief Anthony Thompson was recognized by the Sanibel City Council on Tuesday, March 3, for earning his doctorate degree in business administration from Saint Leo University. He is the first to earn a doctorate degree while employed by the city and a reception was held in his honor.

Thompson’s dissertation, “Procedural Justice and Ethical Leadership: The Impact Each has on Employee Organizational Citizenship Behaviors,” explored how procedural justice and ethical leadership blend to influence organizational citizenship behaviors that impact individual and organizational performance.

The research demonstrated employee preceptors are not solely based on work conditions, but also on how employees perceive leadership and how they see leaders act toward them and other employees.

Thompson earned his bachelor of science degree in 2004 and a master’s degree in 2009 from Florida Gulf Coast University, while employed by the city. His career with the police department began in 1994 and he has held the ranks of patrol officer, field training officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and major.

The city encourages employee development by providing tuition assistance to full-time employees. To date, 16 city employees have earned their college degrees through the program.

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