Gustavo Medina, a New Jersey native who began his law enforcement career as a corrections officer, has been named the new police chief in Tequesta.
“I will emphasize training and technology. We need to be prepared for any type of situation,” said Medina, 43, who is a Lieutenant of Detectives at the Essex County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office. The department investigates police shootings and allegations of misconduct.
No starting date has been determined. The new police chief will head the village department of 19 sworn police officers with an annual budget of $3.3 million.
The new chief’s salary range is between $90,000 and $128,000, according to village records.
Medina was selected from 128 candidates. The new police chief replaces Christopher Elg, who retired last month.
The other two finalists were Janice Jordan, 49, the district chief for Parkland for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and John Buturla, 58, a former police chief in Stratford, Conn.
Jordan applied for the Tequesta position in January, about six weeks prior to the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 14 students and three adults at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.