WPB Mayor Keith James Appoints New Chief of Police

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first_imgCol. Adderley, who was part of suspended Sheriff Scott Israel’s command staff, oversaw community outreach and the civil division as well as courthouse operations and the 911 communications system. Mayor James says he wants to go be present at murder scene in the city to better understand violent crime.  He wants to decrease violent crime throughout the city, not only in Ibis but also in Northwood. He has directed Chief Adderley to set up a violent crime task force to get rid of the guns and the violent criminals plaguing a small area of the city.  The city commission will have to vote to approve Chief Mooney in her new position and to approve Chief Adderley on June 3rd. Adderly left the Fort Lauderdale police to become second in command under former Sheriff Scott Israel.  A position he held during the Parkland shooting.  He was let go in January 2019 when new Sheriff Gregory Tony was appointed by governor Ron DeSantis to replace is Israel.Adderley, a longtime law enforcement leader, was dismissed from his job at the Broward Sheriff’s Office as the newly appointed sheriff took charge.center_img West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James announced a restructuring of the police department Tuesday in an effort to fight violent crime.Current West Palm Beach Chief of Police Sarah Mooney has been reassigned and will no longer be chief of police. Mooney has been re-assigned to assistant chief of police for emergency management. Mooney’s position is subject to approval by the West Palm Beach City Commission on June 3rd.Mayor James explained that Mooney is being moved over to assistant chief in charge of Emergency Management.  She will handle and work to prevent emergencies such as toxic train crashes, terror attacks and anything plot against the president while he is here at Mar-a-lago.  Her salary will remain the same.If you judge demotion by less money, no. She’s making the same money she was making as chief,” said Mayor James. “The title is different, and her responsibilities clearly are different. But I think she will do a wonderful job in this position.”In her 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 policiesMayor James said that he did not conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief nor did he look within the ranks of the existing police department. He said has selected former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley as the new West Palm Beach chief of police subject to city commission approval.  Chief Adderly comes from eight years as police chief of Fort Lauderdale, a city twice the size of West Palm Beach, that has similar demographics or “cultural dynamics” according to Mayor James.Former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley is WPB Mayor Keith James’ choice for Chief of Police. He has been nominated and will have to be approved by city commission. pic.twitter.com/nzt1baD4P5— Michelle Quesada (@M_Quesada) May 14, 2019last_img

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