Ponce Inlet has hired a new police chief, a 27-year veteran who goes on the job July 13.
After considering 81 prospects, the Town Council picked Jeffrey Glazier, an Atlanta Police Department deputy chief.
The final five were interviewed by the town manager and a five-member panel via Zoom, including interim Police Chief Mark Barker.
The council chose Chief Glazier as the most appropriate professional who would most easily assimilate into the position.
He currently oversees APD's support services division, a $205 million budget, personnel, background and recruitment, training academy, crime lab, fleet, records and E911 communications center, which handles more than 1 million calls for service annually.
He has been a patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and major during his years with APD. He has been responsible for 950 patrol officers and the training of 2,400 employees. The respected civil servant said he has used his extensive knowledge of crime fighting strategies throughout his tenure, which has resulted in an overall reduction of crime each year he has led various divisions on the force.
He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame University. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police, the DEA Drug Unit Commander's Academy, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. In 2013, he participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program in Israel to share leadership ideas with Israeli police commanders.
On his interview questionnaire, Chief Glazier was asked how well he could transition from a big city department to a small town law enforcement agency.
“I don’t believe it will be a difficult transition from a large agency to a small one,” he said. “A small agency requires management and leadership by its chief. The chance to mentor officers and supervisors is rewarding. I have never projected a big city attitude or thought I had all the answers to everyone’s problems. I am a humble servant leader willing to listen and learn.”
Chief Glazier said he was aware of many of the organizational and operational differences between Ponce Inlet and the City of Atlanta. Shortages due to illness, injury, FMLA rules, and military duty are harder to absorb in smaller departments, he said, adding, the current health crisis could devastate a smaller department if several officers became ill. Smaller agencies need mutual-aid agreements to handle more serious incidents.
“It will be a priority in my first 60 days to solidify mutual-aid agreements with the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department, the Port Orange Police Department and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office,” Chief Glazier said.
He would also be an active member in the Florida Police Chiefs Association, he said. “Even though I have (more than) two decades in a large urban environment, I am eager to receive advice and feedback from other experienced law enforcement executives who understand the local environment.”
Chief Glazier said his first year would be dedicated to gaining an intimate knowledge of Ponce Inlet. “I want to understand the daily ebb and flow of residents and visitors so I can serve them better. I would review all the policies and procedures to ensure we are engaged in best practices. I want to develop a strategic plan that sets the department up for success over the next three years,” he explained.
Chief Glazier was using his Ormond-By-the-Sea residence, which he purchased five years ago, as his family’s vacation home. He will soon reside there full time with his wife, a Daytona Beach native, and son, Jack. During his free time he can be found boating on the Halifax River, fishing off the jetty in Ponce Inlet, or spending time with his immediate family, nearby relatives and friends.
“Ponce Inlet is a beautiful small town where residents enjoy a great quality of life,” he said. “I would be visible and available to all residents of all ages. Residents want to see and hear from their chief of police and understand they are safe and secure. I have had a successful and rewarding career in Atlanta and I am ready to bring my leadership, experience, and sound judgment to Ponce Inlet.”