By Jane Smith
The Boynton Beach police chief used a modern method to announce his new position.
Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Chief Jeffrey Katz turned to social media to say he will retire from Boynton Beach at the end of December to lead the police department in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Katz, 45, tweeted: “Today, @ChesterfieldVa is announcing my appointment as the next @CCPDVa chief. Next month, I’ll retire from @BBPD & @cityofboynton after a fulfilling 20-year career. I’m grateful. Look forward to serving alongside the men & women of one of Virginia’s premier policing agencies.”
The town of Briny Breezes contracts with Boynton Beach for law enforcement needs.
Katz’s last work day will be Dec. 20, although his official retirement day is Dec. 29. He will leave Boynton Beach one month shy of 20 years.
He was promoted to chief in July 2013 from his position as lieutenant in charge of the professional standards division. He joined the Boynton Beach Police Department in 1998 and rose through the ranks. Katz is a Florida native whose first law enforcement position was as a police cadet for Plantation.
Katz will begin his Chesterfield County job on Jan. 2.
Boynton Beach likely will promote one of its three assistant chiefs to police chief while a national search is done to find a new chief. The hiring process could take up to three months.
Meanwhile, the City Commission is still working out the details of the Town Square project. That plan calls for the police headquarters to move out of downtown to High Ridge Road, just west of the interstate.