By Jane Smith
The new Boynton Beach police chief, Michael G. Gregory, will start July 9.
Gregory, assistant police chief in Fort Lauderdale, was selected by the Boynton Beach city manager in mid-June from 83 applicants.
He is negotiating the contract details with the city.
The police chief salary ranges between $99,962 and $149,494, according to the job listing.
“Mr. Gregory’s employment record in Fort Lauderdale is impeccable,” said Lori LaVerriere, Boynton Beach city manager. “I spoke with the city manager and police chief and they both had nothing but praise for him. He will fit our team beautifully.”
Boynton Beach also provides police services to Briny Breezes and its nearly 600 residents.
A Fort Lauderdale native, Gregory, 51, started with its Police Department in 1987 as a detective. Over the years, he moved through its ranks. He most recently led the Support Services Bureau.
Gregory had entered Fort Lauderdale’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, forcing him to retire in 2019.
He has a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and an associate degree in criminal justice from Broward College.
Gregory is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Florida Police Chiefs Association, American Society of Public Administrators and the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.
The Boynton Beach Police Department has about 155 officers and 53 nonsworn employees. Its budget is approximately $30.4 million, and it protects about 73,000 residents.