A recruitment company and city staff has named three men out of 83 applicants as finalists to be Boynton Beach’s next chief and the public is invited to meet the trio in June.
The finalists are: Boynton Beach Police Assistant Chief Joseph DeGiulio; Kenneth Ferguson, who retired this year as chief of the Framingham Police Department in Massachusetts after 34 years there; and Michael Gregory, an assistant chief at Fort Lauderdale Police with 30 years of experience at the department.
Three panels — law enforcement, community and leadership — will interview the candidates June 11. The panel members will give feedback to City Manager Lori LaVerriere, who will then hold final interviews. The public can meet the candidates the same day from 6-7:30 p.m. at a Community Reception at Fire Station 5, 2080 High Ridge Rd.
The city used Strategic Government Resources to handle the nationwide search, which attracted applicants from 24 states and one U.S. territory, according to the city. SGR worked with LaVerriere and Human Resources Director Julie Oldbury to choose the finalists.
Kelly Harris, the interim police chief, also applied, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. Harris is in the retirement DROP program, she said. LaVerriere appointed Harris as interim after Jeffrey Katz retired as chief in December after about four years in that position and about 20 with the department.
Katz is now chief of the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia.
The new chief will lead 155 officers, 53 non-sworn employees and operate a $30.4 million budget. The salary range is from $99,662 to $149,494, according to the job listing.
Mayor Steven Grant said the city wants the new chief to hold the position for at least 10 years.
“We don’t want to be doing this every five years,” he said.
Katz replaced G. Matthew Immler who retired in 2013, the same year two majors were fired and the department was dealing with an outside review that described it as a “troubled organization” and “beset with strife.”
Grant said he expects the new chief to work closely with the city’s residents.
“Because we understand the police can’t do it alone so I want to make sure that the police chief is doing community outreach so that they can be made aware of a situation before it turns bad,” Grant said.
Grant said he wants the chief to be well-respected by his officers and “is able to control his troops and move the city into the right direction.” He also called for more technology to be used in the department.
Boynton Beach police chief finalists
- Twenty years of law enforcement experience; leads Boynton Police’s Uniform Services Division and is as an adjunct instructor at Palm Beach State College. He has worked at Boynton Police since 2001 and previously worked for New York City Police.
- Has a master’s degree in leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in police studies from John Jay College.
- Is a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police.
- Thirty-three years of law enforcement experience; most recently served as the police chief from 2013 to 2018 in Framingham, Mass. He started there in 1987.
- Served in the Air Force, 2851st Security Police Squadron.
- Has a master’s degree in public administration from Framingham State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice administration from Western New England College.
- Is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association and the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.
- Thirty years of law enforcement experience and is an assistant police chief in Fort Lauderdale leading the Support Services Bureau. He started at the department in 1987.
- Has a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlanta University and an associate degree in criminal justice from Broward Community College.
- Is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Florida Police Chiefs Association, American Society of Public Administrators and the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.