Javaro Sims will soon become Delray Beach’s next police chief.
City Manager Mark Lauzier announced that he offered 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.
He will become the department’s first African American police chief.
“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.”