Being a police chief is one of the toughest jobs in city government—maybe the toughest.
In a city like Delray Beach, the job is particularly challenging.
As great a community as we are and as far as we have come, we still have challenges relating to serious crime, violence, drug abuse and the sheer challenge of keeping an active city safe.
Visit downtown on any given night and you can see how busy we are—and how important it is to have a great police department.
This month, Delray Newspaper would like to congratulate veteran officer Javaro Sims on becoming Delray’s new police chief.
Chief Sims has been with the Delray Beach Police Department since 1992. He knows our city well.
Chief Sims has risen steadily through the ranks, becoming one of the department’s two assistant chiefs in September 2014.
City Manager Mark Lauzier chose Sims after a six-month period during which Sims and DBPD Asst. Chief Mary Olsen each had a turn to run the department as acting chief while Chief Jeff Goldman served as acting assistant city manager.
It was an awkward audition process and the naming of Sims will give the department a chance to coalesce around a new leader.
Chief Sims follows a long line of outstanding chiefs that have served in Delray Beach.
It is a challenging assignment and an important one too.
We have long maintained that Delray’s renaissance beginning in the late 80s and early 90s was led by the men and women who protect and serve us.
Community policing, problem oriented policing and stellar law enforcement made the city a safer place to live, work, play and invest.
In order to remain desirable, we need to maintain an outstanding police department. That begins with leadership at the department, among the rank and file and on the City Commission.
Chief Sims and his executive team will be tasked with making sure we have the resources, intelligence and personnel to do the job. The street cops and detectives also have an extremely difficult job and the City Commission is responsible for supporting the department in its critical mission while holding the city manager accountable for the department’s performance.
In announcing his decision, City Manager Lauzier, a former police officer himself noted Sims’ experience and unique background.
That background includes four years as a teacher before becoming a DPBD officer giving him unique insights into our youth. Stints as a professional football player and standout track star also make him interesting and relatable.
As he rose through the ranks of the department, Chief Sims supervised the Community Policing Unit, the Street-level Narcotics Unit, the West Atlantic Avenue Task Force, the Community Response Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Support Services Division, the Community Patrol Division and, as assistant chief, the Special Services Bureau. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2014.
Chief Sims is ready for this next challenge.
We wish him well on his new endeavor.