Interim Chief Mark Renkens is a law enforcement professional who began his career with Palm Bay in November 1989. Prior to joining the Palm Bay Police Department, Chief Renkens 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 FBI's Executive Development Program.
Interim Deputy Chief James Rogers
Interim Deputy Chief James Rogers began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department in October 1987.He is currently assigned to the Uniform Services Division, District 1.During his tenure with the Department, he was a 15 year member of the SWAT team serving five of those years as the SWAT Commander. Deputy Chief Rogers has served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Professional Standards, Youth Services, and the Communication Center prior to being promoted to Investigations Commander.
Deputy Chief Rogers is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and Southern Police Institute. He has an Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters Degree in Political Science.
Captain Diana Blackledge
Captain 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. Captain 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.
Captain 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. Captain 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.
Captain Blackledge is currently assigned to the Support Services Division. This Division includes Training, Recruiting, Field Training Program,Technical Services, Logistics, Code Compliance, Community Services (Domestic Violence Advocates and Volunteer Program), and Crossing Guards.
Captain Nelson Moya
Captain 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. Captain 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.
Captain Moya earned an associate degree from Brevard Community College and is a graduate of 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. Captain Moya currently manages District 3 which encompasses approximately 53 square miles and has an estimated population of 33.785 residents.
Captain John Resh
Captain 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 Intelligence and Homeland Security, Special Victims Unit, Major Case Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and the Technical Services Unit (Crime Scene).
He is an FDLE State certified firearms instructor, armorer and medical instructor. This year marks Captain Resh's 20th year of continuous service to our department's SWAT Team where he has served as a team leader and sniper as well as the team’s tactical medic.
Captain 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.
Captain Tim Zander
Captain 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. Captain 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. Captain 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.
Captain 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. Captain Zander is a graduate of the Florida Leadership Academy and Florida State University's Certified Public Manager program.
Captain Zander is currently assigned to District 2 which is the area west of 95 and north of Malabar Road. The district also includes a small area south of Malabar Road and west of Degroodt Road. District 2 is nearly 30 square miles and is the city's most populated district with an estimated 46,696 residents.