Assistant police chief named interim chief
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