By: Marisa Herman
Javaro Sims will soon become Delray Beach’s next police chief.
City Manager Mark Lauzier announced that he offered assistant chief Sims the role on Feb. 12
Sims and assistant chief Mary Olsen were both vying for the job. Both had stints serving as acting chief.
Sims has been an officer with the department since 1992. He became an assistant chief in September 2014.
Lauzier said Sims accepted the position and a formal transfer of command will take place when Chief Jeff Goldman retires on May 15.
“The decision was difficult as I was evaluating two, very qualified and knowledgeable people with long, successful careers in law enforcement,” Lauzier said in an email announcing the decision. “Over the past six months, I had the chance to observe them in their acting chief roles, assess their performance, hear from department members and listen to extensive community input. After this multifaceted review and interview process, I was impressed with Sims’ knowledge, training, background, community support and ongoing dedication to our City as well as his One Community vision for our City and the Police Department. I’m looking forward to working with Chief Sims and the entire department as we continue to lead the way.”
Sims is a graduate of Florida A&M University and Lynn University and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration. He qualified for the 1980 and 1984 Olympic trials and played professional football for the Canadian Football League.
After college, he worked as a teacher for four years before becoming a DPBD officer. As he promoted through the ranks of the department, he 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, 255th session, in June 2014.