"Jim really fits the city's commitment to be service-focused, strategic thinking, and innovative," said City Manager Gregg Lynk. "He has experience serving in a variety of roles and is highly analytical but able to relate to people at all levels."
Lynk also listed Rogers' demonstrated leadership abilities, 30 years of police experience, and his strong ties to the Palm Bay community as qualities that will make him an effective police chief.
"It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Palm Bay in this role," said Rogers. "I look forward to continued strong partnerships within our organization and across the larger community and look forward to serving as chief in the most professional manner possible."
Deputy Chief Nelson Moya
Deputy Chief Nelson Moya began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department in 1991 and has served the agency in a variety of disciplines. During his tenure he quickly established himself as a leader and served in multiple leadership functions to include command and leadership roles within the SWAT team, training of new hires in the Field Training Officer program and as a sergeant managing patrol zones, neighborhood policing, and special investigations. Deputy Chief Moya has also served as a major case detective, internal affairs investigator, tactical incident commander and lieutenant managing the Major Case Unit, Special Investigations Unit and Support Services.
Deputy Chief Moya earned an associate degree from Brevard Community College, a bachelor of science degree in Administration from Barry University, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, 263rd Session. He also graduated from the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, 36th Session; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (Inaugural Session); the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar and the Certified Public Manager program.
Commander Diana Blackledge
Commander Diana Blackledge joined the Palm Bay Police Department in 1987 working mainly in the patrol division in the K9 Unit. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in police K9 training and deployment. She has served as the Team USA Coach to the Internationale Diensthund Meisterschaft in Augsburg, GE and was chosen to be one of three canine teams to represent the USA at the world police dog competition held at the World’s Fair in 2000 in Hannover, GE. In 2007, then Sergeant Blackledge joined the Department’s Accreditation Management Unit and led the agency through its first successful accreditation assessment through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The process brought the 200-plus member department into compliance with nearly 300 of the strictest law enforcement professional standards in the field. Commander Blackledge was also the department’s first female lieutenant to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA). She is one of just under 2000 females from around the world to have successfully completed the training.
Commander Blackledge earned an associate degree from Brevard Community College and is a graduate of the Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program. She serves as the area representative of the FBI National Academy Associates. Commander Blackledge currently serves on the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s Standards Review and Interpretation Committee, is a team leader for accreditation assessments throughout the state, and is one of only twenty state assessors to attain Certified Accreditation Professional status since the program’s inception in 2009.
Commander Blackledge is currently assigned as the Uniformed Services Commander for the entire city of Palm Bay.
Commander John Resh
Commander John Resh began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department in 1990. During his tenure he has served in Patrol, Neighborhood Policing, Internal Affairs, Crime Suppression, and a Patrol Watch Commander.
He is currently assigned to oversee the Criminal Investigations Division which includes Special Victims Unit, Major Case Unit, and the Crime Scene Unit.
He is an FDLE State certified firearms instructor, armorer and medical instructor. Commander Resh has been a member of the department's SWAT Team and has served as a team leader, sniper and as the team’s tactical medic.
Commander Resh holds an Associate of Science degree in Public Affairs as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and is currently completing post graduate work to become a Certified Public Manager.
Commander Tim Zander
Commander Tim Zander is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served for four years. He began his professional law enforcement career in 2000 when he joined the Palm Bay Police Department as a patrol officer. During his tenure with this agency he served in a variety of capacities including patrol, field training officer program, and special investigations. Commander Zander was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and served as a patrol supervisor, field training officer coordinator and lead the Special Investigations Unit which handled drug and weapon investigations along with targeted and covert high-risk operations often involving career criminals and violent offenders. Commander Zander quickly worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant in 2011 where he began serving as watch commander. His leadership responsibilities expanded to include coordination of security and public safety for special events. He also managed the reserve officer program.
Commander Zander has an associate degree from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York; a bachelor's degree in professional administration along with a master's degree in public administration from Barry University. Commander Zander is a graduate of the Florida Leadership Academy, Florida State University's Certified Public Manager program and the Senior Management Institute for Police.
Commander Zander is currently assigned to the Support Services Division. This Division includes Training, Recruiting, Field Training Program, Accreditation, Technical Services, Logistics, Community Services (Domestic Violence Advocates and Volunteer Program), and Crossing Guards.