The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


KWPD Change of Command

The Key West Police Department will see a change of command in December when Chief Donie Lee steps down in retirement.

City Manager Jim Scholl announced the appointment of Key West Police Capt. Sean Brandenburg to succeed Chief Lee.

Lee announced his December 3rd retirement date late last week, stepping down after more than 24 years of service with the Department.

“After 24 years I can’t be help but be somewhat saddened and reluctant to leave,” Chief Lee wrote in his announcement to all members of the Department. “But I also leave with the firsthand knowledge and pride that the Key West Police Department is in good hands. The men and women -- both sworn and civilian -- of the Key West Police Department are second to none.”

Capt. Brandenburg has been a law enforcement officer since 1990, serving his first 12 years in Indiana and joining the Key West Police Department in 2002. He has worked his way through the ranks of the Department and was promoted to Captain of the Administrative Bureau in 2014. He received the Life Saving Medal on two separate occasions in his time with the Key West Police Department.

Sean Brandenburg

Chief-select Brandenburg