June 8, 2012 – West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio announced today the hiring of a new Chief to lead the City of West Palm Beach Police Department.
Vincent Demasi, Assistant Chief with the City of Cincinnati Police Department, is a decorated law enforcement veteran with 8 years’ experience in an administrative leadership role. He has commanded all three major Bureaus of the City of Cincinnati Police Department as Assistant Chief. Previously he served as a Commander and held the rank of Captain from 1998 to 2001.
Mr. Demasi holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He previously served on the Senior Management team for the Police Executive Research Forum and held the position of President of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter in Cincinnati during which he successfully negotiated two labor contracts.
“Chief Demasi’s combination of urban policing experience together with his significant service in a leadership role is exactly what will ensure our department continues to build on the already outstanding service it provides,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.
Mr. Demasi was chosen after an extensive national search process. He received high marks from the numerous focus groups invited to assist the City in evaluating the candidates. These included a citizens group, a business leaders group, members of the City of West Palm Beach Police Department as well as sworn law enforcement experts from outside the department.
“This was a very involved, but very important process,” said Mayor Muoio. “The individual who leads our police department is more than a law enforcement officer. Their role is also to support our community and to work together with residents to ensure their safety and security. That is why it was critical to include members of the public in the process.”
Mr. Demasi is expected to start August 13, 2012.