West Palm Beach mayor reassigns current police chief, announces replacement

West Palm Beach mayor reassigns current police chief, announces replacement
(Source: NBC 6)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The city of West Palm Beach and Mayor Keith James announced big changes within the police department Tuesday morning.

In a written statement, the city said current Police Chief Sarah Mooney will no longer serve in her current role.

However, she has accepted the position of Assistant Chief of Police for Emergency Management, which is subject to approval by the West Palm Beach City Commission.

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Former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley has been nominated to become the next chief of the West Palm Beach Police Department. The move is also subject to the approval of the West Palm Beach City Commission.

Adderley served as Fort Lauderdale’s chief of police from 2008 to 2016 and has served almost 40 years in law enforcement.

Adderley also worked at the Broward Sheriff’s Office but was dismissed in January when the new BSO chief was hired, according to the Sun Sentinel. The paper said Adderley, who was part of then suspended Sheriff Scott Israel’s command staff, oversaw community outreach and the civil division as well as courthouse operations and the 911 communications system.

In her new role, 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 policies.”

Mooney is not making any comments about the transition.

These items will be discussed at the June 3 city commission meeting.

“Public safety continues to be priority #1 for my administration,” said James in a written statement. “As Mayor, I am focused on putting together the best team possible with the best people in the right roles."

Adderley will be formally introduced to the public on Thursday.

James is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. regarding the changes.

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