It is with deepest sorrow the Tampa Police Department confirms the passing of retired Police Chief Austin “A.C.” McLane. Chief McLane began his service to the City of Tampa on January 14, 1963. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to Chief of Police on May 26, 1987 where he served until his retirement on September 27, 1991.
“A.C. McLane was the Chief of Police on the day I was sworn in, and for my first year, as a Tampa Police Officer”, recalled Chief Brian Dugan. “My thoughts and prayers are now with the entire McLane family as they navigate this time of mourning”.
“Chief A.C. McLane led the Tampa Police Department with integrity, strength, and honor. Through his daily actions, he exemplified what it meant to serve and protect our community, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for him as a young officer”, said Mayor Jane Castor. “Chief McLane was a good man and humble leader who left an indelible mark on our community”.
Retired Chief McLane was surrounded by loved ones when he died in Georgia on Friday, January 15, 2021, as a result of complications stemming from pancreatic cancer. His wife, Davene said: “The happiest best part of his life was when he was serving as a police officer for the good folks of Tampa and his co-workers were his FAMILY”. Austin McLane was 81 years old.
The McLane family asks anyone who wishes to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of Chief McLane.