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Colonel Jeffrey S. Katz, who will serve as the Chesterfield County Police Department’s eighth chief since its formation in 1914, was sworn in on January 2, 2018.
He started his law enforcement career in 1989 as a police cadet with the Plantation, Florida, Police Department. Katz was later hired by Plantation as a police service aide. In 1994, he joined the City of Parkland, Florida, Public Safety Department as both a full-time police officer and professional firefighter.
He joined the Boynton Beach, Florida, Police Department in 1998. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001, and earned the rank of lieutenant in 2004. Katz assumed his role as chief of the Boynton Beach Police Department on an interim basis in July 2013. He was permanently appointed as the 32nd chief of the Boynton Beach Police Department in September 2013.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University, Katz earned a master’s degree in business leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, Katz completed his doctoral level coursework in Organizational Psychology where his specific research emphasis focused on the effects of malicious rumoring on the leadership/followership relationship. During his studies, Katz has conducted extensive research on the “dark side of organizational behavior” (e.g. destructive leadership behavior, organizational incivility, bullying / mobbing, and corporate psychopathy).
Katz is an alumnus of the 35th Session of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course, the 264th Session of the FBI National Academy, the 45th Session of the FBI's National Executive Institute, and has completed several executive level courses in leadership and management through the University of Notre Dame and Harvard.
Katz serves as the Second Vice President of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the Virginia representative for the FBI's CJIS Policy Workgroup, sits on the Richmond Region FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Planning Team, serves as an on the executive board for Re-open the Case (a non-profit organization committed to aiding agencies address and resolve cold case homicides and missing person cases), and is a charter member of the Chesterfield Police Athletic League Board. Katz, who is also known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the 1987 classic “The Princess Bride,” previously chaired the Chesterfield SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) board from 2019 – 2021.
Katz is a regularly featured guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy on courses designed to aid new and aspiring chiefs and sheriffs flourish in their new roles. He also regularly facilitates learning sessions on leadership communication and law enforcement recruitment and retention on behalf of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.