Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens To Retire Next Month After 27 Years With Department

By  //  May 24, 2017

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Deputy Chief James Rogers is interim chief

Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens will retire from the Palm Bay Police Department at the end of June after serving the city for more than 27 years. (PBPD image)

BRREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens will retire from the Palm Bay Police Department at the end of June after serving the city for more than 27 years.

Renkens’ expected retirement date had been scheduled for December of this year but the Chief told his staff that he had been afforded an employment opportunity elsewhere that prompted him to move up his retirement date.

“After nearly three decades with Palm Bay the decision to leave early has been a tough one,” said Renkens. “However, I am looking forward to what the future holds for me both personally and professionally.”

Renkens has already begun working closely with Deputy Chief James Rogers who will act as the interim chief until a decision is made to determine the next chief.

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Rogers has 28 years of service with the department, having served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Professional Standards, and Youth Services, among others. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Southern Police Institute, and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration as well as a Masters Degree in Political Science.

Deputy Chief James Rogers will act as the interim chief until a decision is made to determine the next chief. (PBPD image)

When asked about Renkens’ departure Rogers said, “Chief Renkens will be missed. He is a true professional and has made a lasting impression on the city, we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Renkens is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and moved to Palm Bay Florida in 1989. He began his career with the Palm Bay Police Department as a patrol officer and has served as a member of the senior staff of the department since December of 2010.

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Renkens earned a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and in 2003, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.

“It has been an honor to work side by side with these men and women as we worked to build trust within our community and provide ethical and professional police services, all while making a positive difference working with our citizens and reducing crime in our city,” said Renkens.

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