City of Cocoa Names Michael Cantaloupe Police Chief
By Space Coast Daily // July 23, 2014
replaces former Chief Mark Klayman
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The City of Cocoa has officially named Michael Cantaloupe as chief of police.
Cantaloupe has been the acting chief for the past seven months following former Chief Mark Klayman’s retirement last December.
“I am honored and excited to have been named Cocoa’s next Chief of Police,” said Cantaloupe.
“I have worked in this community for over 20 years and am excited to continue working to make Cocoa a safe and vibrant community. One of my top priorities will be collaboration within the community and I will be working with various community organizations and groups to make that possible.”
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Well respected in the law enforcement community, Chief Cantaloupe has been with the Cocoa Police Department for 23 years. He has served in a variety of positions, including Patrol Watch Commander, Community Relations Unit, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, Special Investigations Unit and Internal Affairs.
Prior to his retirement, Klayman worked with Major Cantaloupe to ensure a smooth transition, getting fully acclimated to the rigors and demands of being the chief administrator of a law enforcement agency.
“Selecting a police chief is arguably one of the most important decisions a city manager must take,” said City Manager John Titkanich.
“The position has a great deal of responsibility in terms of being the face of our city in responding to and serving the needs of our community. Public safety is priority number one for our community.”