WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- West Palm Beach Police Chief Vince Demasi says he is retiring after almost two years on the job to spend more time with his family.
"I've tried to give it everything I could. I am knocking on 60s door, not that 60 is old, and I have been working this way for a long time. I am tired. I feel it. It is feeling like I can't keep up with everyone else and it is time to let someone else take the lead," Chief Demasi said.
Demasi became chief just over a year and a half ago after 37 years working for Cincinnati Police. He told the mayor he is stepping down.
"It went well. She is a great administrator and she understands. I think they would have liked me to stay a little longer which makes me feel good, but at the same time, I have to do what is best for myself and my family. I miss my family tremendously," Demasi said.
Crime is down in West Palm Beach and Demasi has put new policies and protocols in place.
He also made news when he applied to be the Chief of Cincinnati Police in July of 2012.
One month later, he publicly criticized the State Attorney.
"I think the biggest challenge in this job is to working within a bureaucracy. You've got so many different entities to balance. The State Attorney's office. The budget. Social programs. All the different things. Sometimes if you are not careful it can be overwhelming," Demasi said.
Demasi has no doubt who should be the next chief. He says Assistant Chief Bryan Kummerlen is the man for the job.
"I think it would be an error to bring anyone else in. Assistant Chief Kummerlen understands this job very well. I think he is going to serve the people of West Palm very well," Demasi said.
Chief Demasi's last day is May 4th.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS DURING VINCENT DEMASI'S TENURE AS WEST PALM POLICE CHIEF
August 13, 2012
Vince Demasi, a retiring assistant police chief from Cincinnati, accepts an offer to become West Palm Beach's police chief.
July 2, 2013
On the job for less than a year as chief, it's revealed that Demasi has applied for the chief's job at his former department in Cincinnati.
August 1, 2013
Demasi criticizes the state attorney's office, saying that prosecutors weren't doing enough to keep career criminals off the streets. The chief spoke out after a criminal with a long arrest history was shot by West Palm Beach police on July 31. Officers say that Moses McCray, of Boynton Beach, twice tried to run over officers with his car and then pointed a weapon at them. Demasi blamed the state attorney’s office for not doing enough to keep such criminals off the streets.
August 12, 2013
Chief Demasi and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg declare a truce and vow to work closer together.
February 13, 2014
Chief cites a lack of officers, old police cruisers, and a building in desperate need of renovations as three critical issues plaguing the department.
March 17, 2014
Chief Demasi announces his intention to retire in May.