City of Palm Bay Announces New Interm Chief
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // January 14, 2015
Mark Renkens, Jim Rogers Promoted
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – With the recent retirement of Chief Doug Muldoon, the Palm Bay Police Department announces interim command staff appointments of two long-time members of the agency. Deputy Chief Mark Renkens now serves as interim chief and Captain Jim Rogers serves as deputy chief.
The two combined have more than 50 years of professional law enforcement experience within the city of Palm Bay and Brevard County.
Chief Renkens is a 25 year 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.
In his most recent duty as deputy chief of the Palm Bay Police Department, he was assigned as the Uniform Services Division commander, which includes the Communications Center.
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.
Chief Renkens has served the agency 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 of 2013 and appointed interim Chief in January 2015.
Deputy Chief Jim Rogers began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department in October 1987.
He is being promoted from his most recent assignment within the Uniform Services Division where he served as captain managing 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 and district captain.
Deputy Chief Rogers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Southern Police Institute.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in political science.