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Breaking news: Boca announces first female interim top cop as chief retires

Boca Raton Deputy Chief of Police Michele Miuccio is the city’s new interim police chief, effective Dec. 1. She’s the first woman to achieve that rank, the city confirmed.

City watchers have waited for Friday’s announcement, speculating on who would succeed Police Chief Dan Alexander. The School District of Palm Beach County announced in mid-October that Alexander will be the new director of school police. No start date was mentioned.

Miuccio has served as deputy to Chief Alexander for the last four years. She has a 30-year history with the department, the announcement said.

Alexander remains on the job and will retire Nov. 30. It’s not clear how long Miuccio will serve as interim, or if there will be a search, protocol for other police departments. Boynton Beach announced a new chief after a regional search in July 2018 that included the city’s police force.

“The focus is to support the interim chief,” a Boca city spokesperson said. “Appointing an interim is standard protocol when there’s a retirement or resignation with a fairly short effective date.”

According to City Manager Leif Ahnell, the Police Department will continue its succession planning.

Miuccio has served as an officer, detective, sergeant, captain and assistant 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,” she said in a statement.

Boca Raton Police Services Department has 216 law-enforcement officers and 111 civilian employees. The department is responsible for patrolling an area of 29.6 square miles and a population of approximately 98,000 residents.

By Marci Shatzman

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