Delray Police Chief Shifts Roles To Acting Assistant City Manager

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman is now the city’s Acting Assistant City Manager.

The announcement came Aug. 1 from City Manager Mark Lauzier in a memo to city commissioners.

Goldman is slated to end his career as chief on May 15 and Lauzier said he intends to use Goldman in the city manager’s office to help with “critical assignments and system improvements.”

Goldman isn’t shifting too far away from his police work. In his new role he will oversee several departments including police, fire, parks and recreation and community improvement.

On a recent “30 Seconds with the Chief” segment on Facebook he swapped his uniform in for a dress shirt and tie and announced his new position.

“I love to serve,” he said. “I looked at this as an opportunity and I think it’s going to be pretty exciting.”

While he will eventually work out of city hall, he has already turned his chief title over to two assistant chiefs.

From now until Dec. 21, Assistant Chief Mary Olsen will step into the role of acting police chief. Then, Assistant Chief Javaro Sims will take the lead from Dec. 22 until May 15.

Part of Goldman’s new job will be to help place his replacement in the police department.

His goal on the civil side of government will be to implement some of communication skills to other departments. He said the police department is more engaged in the community than every before and public trust is up. Ultimately, he said he would like to extend the reach throughout the city. His new job fittingly has him overseeing media and communications.

He said he looks forward to learning the intricacies of government from the city hall side before his retirement date.

Goldman’s new position is just part of Lauzier’s rebuild of his office. An eight-page memo outlines his goals and steps for the upcoming fiscal year when it comes to how the city is run internally.

An organizational chart shows assistant city manager Caryn Gardner-Young overseeing public works, utilities and economic development and assistant city manager India Adams overseeing the city clerk and initiatives like sustainability and education. He shows an unfunded assistant city manager role that would oversee the remaining departments of human resources, finance, information technology and purchasing.

Lauzier could not be reached for comment on his plans despite repeated phone calls to his office.