Deputy Chief Of Operations

Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Deputy Chief Dawn D’Ambrosio has spent most of her life in the Central Florida area and graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.  While working toward her bachelor’s degree, Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio completed an internship with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where she gained valuable investigative experience while working with and shadowing agents assigned to the Orlando Violent Crimes Unit. She subsequently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, graduating cum laude, in 1996 with a Criminal Justice degree.  She subsequently graduated from the Seminole State College’s Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 as valedictorian of her class. 

Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio was first hired as a part-time police officer for the Maitland Police Department in 1997 and joined as a full time employee in January 1998. During her tenure with the department, she has served in the position of Patrol Officer, Master Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and in 2017 attained the rank of Deputy Chief, assuming command of the Agency’s Operations Division.  She has worked within our Patrol Division, Investigative Division and our Special Operations Division.  The Operations Division consists of Road Patrol, the Canine Unit, the Marine Unit, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Traffic Homicide Team, the Crisis Intervention Team and the Honor Guard.  Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio further manages the Community Service Officers as well as the Reserve Officer program.  She is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Leadership Academy, Class 8 as well as the Southern Police Institute 66th Command Officer Development Course.   

Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio is a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Police Chiefs, and the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association. 

Her commitment and dedication to her community and the safety of children extends to her personal life where she and her husband are licensed foster parents. 

 (Image courtesy of Sarah Wilson - Winter Park / Maitland Observer)

Command Staff

David W. Manuel, Chief of Police

Chief David Manuel comes to the Maitland Police
Department from the UCF Police Department.
Chief Manuel began his law enforcement career
by joining the Maitland Police Department in 1990
as a Patrol Officer. He subsequently served as 
​Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, Police
Commander, and Deputy Chief. His commendations
include Police Officer of the Year in 1991, 1992, 
and 1994; the Life Saving Award in 1990;
and the Valor Award in 1992. From 1998 through 2005, he oversaw the Police Department’s SWAT Team in the role of Commander.

Chief Manuel is a graduate of Lake Howell High School, the United States 
Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Class of 1983, Seminole Community 
College Law Enforcement Academy, the Southern Police Institute at the University

of Louisville, and the FBI National Academy (N.A. 245). 

Deputy Chief of Administration

Deputy Chief Bill McEachnie began his career with the Maitland Police Department in August 2009, when he was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.  Bill commands the Criminal Investigation Division, Community Policing, Recruiting and Training, Accreditation, school resource program, records division, and administers the grant programs. Deputy Chief McEachnie began his Law Enforcement career with the Winter Park Police Department in November 1972 as a police cadet.  During his 37 year career with Winter Park Police, he served in the position of Records Clerk, Communication Dispatcher, Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, S.W.A.T. Commander, Captain, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in April 1996.  He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute 10th Command Officers Development Course and the 191st session of the F.B.I. National Academy. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Valencia Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College.

Deputy Chief McEachnie has received many awards for his service including several Police Officer of the Year awards, Lifesaving Award, Excellent Police Duty, Police Commendation award and many others. 
Deputy Chief McEachnie is a lifetime member of the Florida Police Chief's Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a member of the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association,the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners from which he holds the title of Advanced Law Enforcement Planner, the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers,  the National Tactical Officers Association and the Florida SWAT Association. He is a member of several other organizations that reflect his passion for the outdoors including the Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club, Florida Anthropological Society and the Florida Trail Society. As a writer, Bill is a member of the Christian Writers Guild and the American Christian Fiction Writers. Bill serves on several boards and committees including the Valencia Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Center for Missing Children Advisory Board and is past chairman and current chairman of the SWAT Round Up International

​Maitland Police Department