Mayor James will brief reporters on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of City Hall
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 14, 2019) –
With a vision of a West Palm Beach where everyone feels safe in every neighborhood, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James announces a restructuring of the West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) to include the following changes:
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- WPDPD Chief Sarah Mooney has accepted the position of Assistant Chief of Police for Emergency Management, subject to approval of the position by the West Palm Beach City Commission. In this new role, Chief Mooney will help plan, direct and coordinate emergency management and training activities for the City; resolve problems of the highest technical nature and participate in the determination and formulation of emergency management policies.
- Former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley has been nominated Chief of WPBPD, subject to the approval of the West Palm Beach City Commission. A Florida native who has served almost 40 years in law enforcement, Chief Adderley served as Fort Lauderdale’s Chief of Police from 2008 -2016 and oversaw an annual budget of $100 million, 535 sworn police officers, and 190 non-sworn employees.
These items will be discussed at the June 3, 2019 Commission Meeting. During this transition period, there will be no interruption of police services, and the very popular engagement/outreach programs that have been administered by WPBPD for our residents will continue.
“Public safety continues to be priority #1 for my administration,” said Mayor James. “As Mayor, I am focused on putting together the best team possible with the best people in the right roles,” said Mayor James.
“I’m excited to announce the nomination of Chief Frank Adderley as West Palm Beach Police Chief and believe our shared vision for WPBPD’s future community policing, customer service, culture of responsiveness-- coupled with his strong relationships with neighboring agencies and the local community-- will make a positive difference for the department and our residents. Chief Adderley’s record of success in those key areas in Fort Lauderdale—with a similar population size, similar regional issues such as homelessness and crime, as well as similar social and cultural dynamics-- makes him the best candidate for this position. I am confident he will take the West Palm Beach Police Department to the next level.”
“I’m pleased to share that Chief Sarah Mooney has accepted a very key position in our city as Assistant Chief of Police for Emergency Management. How the City responds in emergency situations has never been more critical than it is today. Gone are the days of thinking of emergency management as simply preparing for and responding to hurricanes. Today’s emergency managers must prepare for all kinds of scenarios-- train derailments, chemical spills, terrorist incidents or any number of potential life or death emergencies. Given the Chief’s talents in emergency management and her solid experience at the West Palm Beach Police Department, she is ideally suited for this role. I thank her for the job that she has done in her role as police chief, and I am happy she will remain a part of our team and the City of West Palm Beach family.”
Chief Adderley will be formally introduced to the public on Thursday.