As­sis­tant po­lice chief named in­terim chief

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer jwhigham@pb­post.com

RIVIERA BEACH — As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Michael Mad­den has been named Riviera Beach’s in­terim chief, a city spokesper­son said Tues­day.

Mad­den re­places for­mer chief Clarence Wil­liams, who re­tired Fri­day.

Mad­den has been with the depart­ment since 2003 and has been in law-en­force­ment for more than 24 years, ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy on the city’s web­site. He was ap­pointed as­sis­tant chief in 2013. Prior to that, he was a depart­ment com­man­der and was the city’s act­ing as­sis­tant po­lice chief be­fore tak­ing the po­si­tion full time.

Wil­liams re­tires af­ter 16 years as the city’s po­lice chief. His re­tire­ment comes amid a year of tur­moil for city of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing for Wil­liams. By a mar­gin of 67-3, the county Pa­trol­men’s Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion is­sued a vote of no con­fi­dence in Wil- liams in Oc­to­ber.

Prior to com­ing to Riviera Beach, he worked for the Cincin­nati po­lice de­part- ment, where he re­tired in 2000 as a lieu­tenant.

In a Face­book post, Wil- liams thanked res­i­dents for the op­por­tu­nity to serve as chief.

“We have left noth­ing on the field,” Wil­liams said.

In­terim Po­lice Chief Michael Mad­den

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