Retired Apopka Police Chief Robert (Robbie) Manley was the Honoree at the 2016 Apopka Boy Scout Golden Eagle Luncheon on Tuesday. More than 120 people attended.
The Golden Eagle award is given each year to an individual or organization in the community that exemplifies the values of scouting.
Chief Manley served the citizens of Apopka for 25 years. He joined the Apopka Police Department in 1989. In 1997 Manley was promoted to police Sargent and then, in 1998 he promoted again to police Commander. As Commander he was responsible for the detective operations. In 2005 he was promoted again, to Deputy Police Chief. And in 2010 he was chosen by Mayor John Land to become Police Chief.
Chief Manely has also been active in the community outside of his police role. He is an active member of Grace Pointe Church and has been involved with Pop Warner Football for several years.
Prior Golden Eagle Honorees have included County Commissioner Bryan Nelson.
The Golden Eagle luncheon is also a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts. This year's event raised more than $18,000.