“On behalf of all the citizens of the City of West Palm Beach, I want to thank all six finalists who have offered to serve our city as the next Chief of Police.
The safety and security of our residents have always been and will always remain a top priority. I am confident all six individuals would have protected and served this City with honor and distinction as its next Chief of Police.
In the end, however, it remains my duty and responsibility to choose the very best candidate for the position. There are many factors that play a role in that important decision. I want to thank all the members of the focus groups, especially those members of the public who donated a full day to assist with this important process.
The process has included a careful review of the six candidates, including comments from several focus groups comprised of citizens, business leaders, and City employees. At this time, I have instructed City staff and the consultants from the International Association of Chiefs of Police to begin the next phase of the process with Edmund Hartnett, former Police Commissioner for the city of Yonkers, New York, and Vincent Demasi, Assistant Police Chief for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
There are several reasons for my decision, but perhaps what weighed most heavily was the combination years of experience in a leadership position as well as their extensive records while in those roles.
The job of Chief of Police is, in part, about having the leadership experience to ensure you can provide your officers with the tools, resources and guidance with which to do their jobs. All six candidates demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, which made this a difficult decision. However I believe both Edmund Hartnett and Vincent Demasi have the necessary leadership experience to best ensure we fulfill our promise to ensure the safety and security of our City.”
Editor’s note: A final decision is expected mid-June