Search for new Boca police chief ‘a possibility’; no start date yet

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer

As former Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander completes his first month as second-in-command of the Palm Beach County School Police Department, Alexander’s interim successor, 34-year police veteran, Michele Miuccio, continues to settle in as the top law enforcement officer in Boca.

The search for a new permanent chief has not yet started, said the city’s public relations specialist, Anne Marie Connolly. But it is “a possibility,” she said.

“As far as a search is concerned – that is a possibility, but right now, and for the near future, the city’s focus is to support Chief Miuccio,” said Connolly.

“Appointing an interim chief of police is a standard protocol when there is a retirement or resignation with a fairly short effective date. As mentioned, the city plans to support the chief through this executive transition and will continue with our succession planning efforts to ensure the continuity in the department and throughout the city.”

Her words echoed those of City Manager Leif Ahnell who, when Miuccio was appointed, said: “We have an outstanding police department and we are confident that Chief Miuccio will provide a smooth executive transition.”

Ahnell noted that the Police Department will continue its succession planning in order to ensure consistency in its mission and service.

After being named interim chief in November 2019, Miuccio said: “I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this position and work alongside the dedicated men and women who keep Boca Raton safe and protect our residents. Together, we can make one of the finest police agencies even better.”

City records show Alexander was sworn in as Boca Raton’s police chief on July 17, 2006. From August 2002 to July 2006, he was chief of the Cape Coral Police Department.

Alexander served for some three years (1999 to 2002) as an assistant police chief and captain in Boca Raton, three years with the Indian Creek Village Public Safety Department and seven years as a deputy sheriff in Alachua County.

In Boca Raton, he filled the vacancy of former Chief Andrew Scott, who resigned following an investigation of a complaint that he (Scott) came to the police station one night in 2005 and told officers to release a local businessman who had been arrested and locked up following a fracas at a downtown restaurant. Reports said Scott told his officers the man had a serious heart condition and should not be held in jail.

While the police union responded with a no-confidence vote for the then-chief, Ahnell announced following an investigation that Scott had acted within the scope of the law. Still, Scott resigned and soon was working in private industry.

Interim Chief Miuccio has served in law enforcement for more than 34 years, according to a press release issued by the city. She joined the Boca Raton Police Department in 1989 and has been a member of the command staff for more than 17 years, working in various facets of police operations and administration.

The interim chief previously served with the Margate Police Department as a dispatcher and officer for five years.

Chief Miuccio earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University in 2007, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 2003.

Both Miuccio and Alexander are members of many law enforcement-related organizations.