A native of Florida’s panhandle, at age 11, Brad
began working summers at his brother’s paint & body
shop where his love of of the automobile began.
Later he used the shop’s facilities to build his first car,
a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air two door hardtop.
After a 35 year career with VF Corporation, he retired
as a vice president, in part, to pursue his automotive
Brad has owned several performance, muscle & classic cars and restored a 1957
Chevrolet Bel-Air “Nomad”, which was recognized as the best in the country at
key “marque” events. The “Nomad” and his 1960 Corvette competed at 26
Concours events; winning numerous best in class, class runner-up and show level
awards. He began judging at regional & national marquee events, later making
the transition to Concours judging.
In addition to serving as Head Judge for the Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance, he is
a lead class judge at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Radnor Hunt Concours
d’Elegance, Charlotte-Trump Concours d’Elegance, Miami Concours, judges at the
Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance & the Chattanooga Motoring Festival’s Concours
d’Elegance and is a “Celebrity Judge” at Corvettes at Carlisle. Brad has been an
officer of the national Solid Axle Corvette Club (an organization dedicated to
Corvette’s first generation for 14 years, currently serving as president.
During his 28-year career with the Tampa Police Department, Chief
Brian Dugan has played several key roles in establishing the
department’s reputation as a well-respected, highly professional
organization. He has served in every facet of the department,
developing a diverse background of experience that has attributed to
the progressive leader he is today. He is moving the department
forward to build stronger partnerships with both law enforcement and
the community as a whole.
In November 2017, Mayor Bob Buckhorn halted a national search for
Chief and named Dugan the 32nd Chief of Police, after he
successfully served as the department’s Interim Chief for four months.
He hit the ground running in 2017 to help Tampa residents and public
safety prepare for Hurricane Irma, which was the largest storm to ever
make landfall in the state of Florida. He is a Leadership Tampa
graduate and a member of several professional associations,
including the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, the
International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association
of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive
Research Forum, and Major Cities Chiefs Association. Chief Brian
Dugan is married with two children.