Chief Derek Brewer was raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire and moved to Pasco County in 1993. He worked in the private sector until 2000 when he attended the police academy at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City. His law enforcement career started in 2002 as a patrol officer with the Zephyrhills Police Department, and he has advanced through the ranks serving as a field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. He was named Chief of Police in September of 2017 following a four-month tenure as the department's Interim Chief of Police.
During his employment with the city, Chief Brewer has been a member of Transportation Exception Plan Committee, Pasco Hernando State College Technical Advisory Committee, Main Street Board of Directors and Pasco County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. He is currently part of City of Zephyrhills Code Enforcement Task Force, Zephyrhills Police Department Homeless Initiative, and City of Zephyrhills Site Plan Review Committee. He is also a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Zephyrhills Noon Rotary Club.
Chief Brewer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program. He has attended law enforcement senior leadership training at the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky as well as with the Florida Police Chiefs Association STARS program.