Interim Chief Ruben Delgado

Interim Chief Ruben Delgado

Assistant Chief Ruben “Butch” Delgado has served the citizens of Tampa in several capacities during his 23-year career with the Tampa Police Department. Assistant Chief Delgado is currently serving as the Interim Chief of Police.  

Assistant Chief Delgado is a strong leader who has worked in a variety of settings both in patrol and administration. He has served in all three patrol districts, the support services division, and the criminal investigations division. During his assignment as Captain of the Criminal Investigations, he played an instrumental role in investigating a serial murder case in Seminole Heights in 2017. In late 2017, he was promoted to the Major of District One, where he previously served as a Captain of the District. Delgado effectively partnered with community members and businesses to reduce crime and enhance the department’s relationship with the community.

In 2019, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations overseeing the three patrol districts of the department. In February of 2020, he was promoted to his current assignment of Assistant Chief of Investigations and Support. Throughout 2020 and into 2021, Assistant Chief Delgado served as the lead role for the Public Safety planning efforts of Super Bowl LV in February 2021.

A Tampa native, Delgado graduated from Jefferson High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida. Assistant Chief Delgado also attended the Southern Police Institute, hosted by the University of Louisville, in 2016. In 2019, Assistant Chief Delgado attended Tampa Bay Chamber’s Leadership Tampa program. Later this year Assistant Chief Delgado will attend The Major Cities Chiefs Association's prestigious Police Executive Leadership Institute. Assistant Chief Delgado is married and has two children.