NEW: Search for Boynton Beach police chief officially begins

11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 Local
Retired Boynton Beach Chief of Police Jeffrey Katz (center) is flanked by Captain Steven Burdelski (left) and Interim Chief Kelly Harris (right) as they speak to members of the media Wednesday, November 29, 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The search for Boynton Beach’s next police chief has officially begun.

The position was posted Feb. 13 on the Strategic Government Resources website. Those interested have until April 2 to apply, according to the post.

Whoever is chosen 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.

The posting says Boynton’s median household income is $47,943 and the median home price is $235,000.

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Boynton’s top cop position has been open since December when Jeffrey Katz retired . He worked for the city for about 20 years and spent four as chief. Katz moved to Virginia and leads the Chesterfield County Police Department.

City Manager Lori LaVerriere chose Kelly Harris, previously an assistant chief, to act as as chief in the interim. LaVerriere will choose the permanent chief.

In a nine-page pamphlet, the city highlighted the importance the police department has in community relations, from quarterly town hall meetings to school mentoring programs to teen and citizen police academies.

The new chief will be tasked with planning and building a new police station which is expected to be built within the next five years at Gateway Boulevard and High Ridge Road. The chief will also have to implement a new records management system, partner with the Boynton Beach Coalition of Clergy and develop “collaborative and innovative solutions” to address drug and crime problems.