By Mary Hladky
Michele Miuccio, who had served as Boca Raton’s interim police chief since Dec. 1, has been promoted to police chief.
She assumed her new role on April 27.
Miuccio has been with the department for more than 30 years, starting as an officer and rising through the ranks to deputy chief.
Miuccio replaced Dan Alexander, who retired as chief on Nov. 30 after he was hired by the Palm Beach County School District to fill the newly created position of director of school police, serving as second-in-command to school district Police Chief Frank Kitzerow. Alexander led the city police department for 13 years.
“While serving as the interim police chief for the past five months, Michele’s steadfast leadership has provided consistency in the department’s mission and service,” City Manager Leif Ahnell said in an announcement of her promotion. “I’m confident the police department will continue to thrive and grow under her direction as chief.”
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this position and work alongside the dedicated men and women who keep Boca Raton safe and protect our residents,” Miuccio said in the announcement. “Together, we can make one of the finest police agencies even better.”
The city’s police department has 216 officers and 107 civilian employees. Police officer starting salaries were increased to $70,198 last year.