Boynton names 16-year vet to replace retiring assistant police chief

Captain Joe DeGiulio (R) and Chief Jeffrey Katz of the Boynton Beach police department inform media during a press conference Monday, May 8, 2017 that the department’s officers will now be wearing Axon Body 2 body cameras when at work in the field. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Boynton Beach Police will have a new assistant police chief starting May 31.

Assistant Chief Suzanne Crawford will retire, and will be replaced by Joe DeGiulio, currently a captain, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. DeGiulio has worked for Boynton since 2001, according to the city’s Human Resources department. Crawford has been with Boynton since 1996.

Chief Jeffrey Katz has three assistant police chiefs. The two others are Vanessa Snow, who started with Boynton about two years ago, and Kelly Harris, who started in 1997.

Katz also promoted Paul Deale from lieutenant to captain. He replaces Mike Johnson, who was promoted to major. He replaces Thomas Wallace, who was fired in March.

The department has 150 sworn officers, according to Slater.