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Friday, April 24, 2015 2:34 PM CITY MANAGER APPOINTS RENKENS AS POLICE CHIEF (Palm Bay)—Newly appointed City Manager Gregg Lynk announces the Interim Police Chief Mark Renkens will be officially sworn in as the permanent police chief. Renkens, who has been interim chief since January, will assume the official duties on Sunday April 26th. City Attorney Andrew Lannon will administer the official Oath of Office on May 7th during the regular council meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. “It’s an honor for me to appoint him as the city’s next chief,” Lynk said. “Chief Renkens has faithfully served the citizens of Palm Bay for more than 25 years and we are very fortunate he is willing to accept this as a permanent role. I have very high expectations and am confident he can meet the challenges ahead. “ Chief Renkens began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department on November 18, 1989. Prior to joining the agency, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. Chief Renkens has a master’s degree in administration of justice and security from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the 212th Session of the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police and the FBI’s Executive Development Program. During his tenure with the Palm Bay Police Department he worked in a variety of disciplines to include field training officer, honor guard member, SWAT team member and detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and served as a patrol supervisor, special operations supervisor and traffic unit supervisor. In 2007 he was promoted to lieutenant and served as the code enforcement manager and patrol watch commander. In 2010 he was promoted to captain and served as the District 2 commander and support services commander. He was promoted to deputy chief in September 2013 and became interim chief in January 2015. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Chief Renkens said. “We have a lot of work to do to fill vacancies and make sure we recruit the best, brightest and most talented professionals to join our team. My goal is to build the strongest team of law enforcement professionals in order to take us to the next level and to improve the overall quality of life for everyone who calls Palm Bay home. “ The Palm Bay Police Department is the second-largest municipal law enforcement agency in Brevard County with 160 sworn positions and 79 civilian positions. In 2013 the city was listed as the 4th safest city of its size (more than 100,000 residents) in the State of Florida according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report. ###
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW CITY MANAGER
A Palm Bay resident whose expertise in managing corporate accounts with government clientele will be the next manager of east Central Florida’s second-largest city. Gregg Lynk, 53, originally from upstate New York and moved to Palm Bay last year, was selected by a 4-1 vote of the council. Councilmember Michel Paccione voted in favor of other candidates.
Lynk brought forth a resume that included more than a decade of private sector experience managing business development strategies for a $500-million corporation in which the primary customers were state, federal and local governments. In his 11 years with BI Inc., a leading provider of Offender Monitoring and Reentry Services, Lynk was responsible for creating and presenting a $30-million annual budget and overseeing client accounts and a staff with more than 500 employees. During a canvassing interview held Monday Lynk answered questions about how his private sector background could both help improve and meet the challenges of the city. “I had a board of directors that I reported to that was called the corporate office,” Lynk said. “You have to make money. I represented county, state, and federal governments. They were customers. I also had to take their wish list and marry that with the corporate wish list. There had to be collaboration to come up with a strategic plan and I had success doing that.”
Lynk was one of five candidates selected by the council with non-traditional qualifications that included private sector management experience. The recruiting firm of Colin Baenziger & Associates received 79 other applicants from around the country and provided the council with five candidate recommendations. Seven finalists were ultimately selected to participate in individual interviews with the mayor and council. The candidates also answered questions in a public session with the council that was held on Monday evening. “I am truly honored to be selected as the new city manager of the great city of Palm Bay,” Lynk said after his selection. “This is certainly an exciting opportunity to be able to help our city council implement its vision addressing the many challenges facing our city.” Among those challenges is a critical review of the city’s operations to determine what can be done to fund roads, build utility infrastructure, structure pensions that are sustainable and focus on economic development.