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Posted on: March 9, 2017

Police Chief Recruitment Update

To the Atlantic Beach community,

In our quest to find an impeccable fit for the City of Atlantic Beach and the community, I have decided to re-advertise the director of public safety/police chief position.

This decision was not made lightly.

Here’s how we got here:

  • The position was advertised from Aug. 31 to Nov. 22, 2016.
  • Then-City Manager Nelson Van Liere identified nine finalists; one of those candidates subsequently withdrew his application.
  • I began work with the City of Atlantic Beach on Jan. 10.
  • I reviewed the 71 applications received by the City and Human Resource Director Cathy Berry and I selected four finalists. (Cathy had previously reviewed all of the applications.)
  • An interview panel consisting of myself, Cathy and three others interviewed the four finalists on Feb. 10. The panel unanimously identified a single finalist.
  • During the due-diligence process, I decided not to continue moving forward with considering the finalist at this time.
  • Upon re-reviewing the original applications over the past week, I have decided to re-advertise the position and effectively begin the search anew.

Selecting a superior director of public safety/police chief is among the most important responsibilities on our plate at city hall. As such, it is my hope that taking a step back in this critical endeavor will enable Cathy and I to fine-tune the recruitment and selection process. That process – and a timeline –will be published and shared publicly once it is determined.

I welcome feedback throughout the process – on the recruitment and selection method itself and on the candidates themselves.  Meanwhile, I pledge to provide periodic updates on the City of Atlantic Beach website ( and Facebook page (

I’d love to hear from you!


Kevin Hogencamp, Interim City Manager

City of Atlantic Beach

o. (904) 247-5806

c. (229) 921-3424


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