Delray Beach Names New Chief of Police
The city of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Police Department are proud to announce that Javaro Sims has been selected to serve as the department’s next police chief.
An officer with DBPD since 1992, Sims has risen steadily through the ranks, becoming one of the department’s two assistant chiefs in September 2014. His term as chief will begin no later than May 15, 2019 upon the retirement of Police Chief Jeff Goldman.
City Manager Mark Lauzier chose Sims after a six-month period during which Sims and DBPD Asst. Chief Mary Olsen each had a turn to run the department as acting chief while Goldman served as acting assistant city manager.
“The decision was difficult as I was evaluating two, very qualified and knowledgeable people with long, successful careers in law enforcement,” Lauzier said. “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.