The City of Palm Bay Announces New Police Chief
The City of Palm Bay is pleased to announce the selection of Nelson Moya as Palm Bay's new Chief of Police. Chief Moya's service with the City will begin immediately, with a formal swearing-in ceremony scheduled for August 13th at 7pm in Council Chambers.
"I look forward to his new direction that encompasses all the aspects of collaborating with all City departments, leading the Palm Bay Police Department with progressive growth and advancement of our team serving in all capacities. Chief Moya has a sincere passion for protecting and serving our community in crime prevention and crime fighting, as well as building relationship connections with integrity and positive impact," said City Manager Lisa Morrell.
Chief Moya has served the community of Palm Bay for over 28 years. He began his law enforcement career with the Palm Bay Police Department in 1991 and has worked in a multitude of capacities with the agency, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2017. Previously, Chief Moya was an integral part of the command staff serving as Commander and supporting the Department under the direction of three former Palm Bay Police Chiefs.
Chief Moya is a graduate of Barry University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration. He also attended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Leadership Academy, Florida State University's Certified Public Manager Program, The FBI Executive Development Seminar, The Southern Police Institute's Command Officer's Development Course, and the FBI National Academy. Chief Moya has professional affiliations with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, and the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves as Vice President.
"I am confident that Chief Moya's extensive experience, history with the agency, proven leadership ability, and commitment to community relations make him the ideal leader for the Palm Bay Police Department," said City Manager Lisa Morrell.
Chief Moya was selected to be Palm Bay's new Police Chief following an extensive search. The City of Palm Bay narrowed a list of over 50 applicants down to six candidates through a process that included interviews, examinations, and input from outside consultants. Following a final round of interviews, the top three finalists were invited back for a public meet and greet at City Hall where they had the opportunity to speak with staff and residents and to share their vision for the future of the Palm Bay Police Department.
"Having worked for the Palm Bay Police Department since I was 19 years old, I have seen a great evolution and growth within the agency. I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the talented sworn and civilian members of the department as we work to provide exceptional public safety service to the City of Palm Bay," said Chief Moya.