The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the Flagler Beach Police Department. The Chief is appointed by the City Manager and is subject to the approval of the City Council, and can serve a maximum of two five-year terms. As a general manager of the Police Department, the Chief is responsible for the planning, efficient administration and operation of the Police Department under the authority of the City Commissioners and City Manager. Dan Cody is currently Chief of Police for the Flagler Beach Police Department.
Responsibilities of the Chief of Police
The Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of the penal divisions of the City Charter, the ordinances of the City, and the laws of the state and nation for the purpose of protecting persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community. The Chief is responsible for testifying before the City Council, the state and national legislative bodies on law enforcement matters of importance to the City of Flagler Beach, as well as proposing new or amending existing legislation which could have an impact on law enforcement.
The Chief attends the City Commission meetings to keep commission members informed about any issue related to the Department’s operations, and to respond to citizens’ complaints or concerns. The Chief acts on all matters related to disciplinary issues and recommends awards for exemplary conduct of the Department’s sworn and civilian employees. The Chief also makes presentations to private citizens’ community groups, churches, schools, and the business and industrial community to promote the goals and missions of the Police Department and to solicit their input in making the City of Flagler Beach a safe place in which to live, visit and conduct business.
During a state of emergency such as civil disturbance in the City, the Chief assumes a leadership role in planning, coordinating and directing all activities aimed at restoring peace in the City or otherwise returning conditions to normal.
The Chief has jurisdiction within the City of Flagler Beach and line command authority over 15 sworn and 10 civilian employees. The official duties of the Chief are described in the City of Flagler Beach Charter.
The Flagler Beach Police Department (FBPD) is an organization of approximately 25 women and men who are responsible for maintaining a safe, crime-free environment. The Chief of Police/General Manager administers an approximate annual budget of $1.4 million and has over 15 sworn officers under his jurisdiction. The Chief of Police reports to the City Commission and interacts with the City Manager and Mayor. The Chief is responsible for the conduct of operations, the efficient and effective utilization of the Department’s financial and human resources and is ultimately accountable to the City of Flagler Beach.