Cocoa Police Chief Mark Klayman To Retire
By John Titkanich, Cocoa City Manager // November 5, 2013
Chief Mark Klayman served 30 years
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — Please join me in thanking Chief Mark Klayman for his service to our community, the City and the Cocoa Police Department.
Thirty years with the same agency and rising through the ranks from patrol officer to Chief of Police is quite an accomplishment. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark as a fellow department head and the past eight months as City Manager.
Mark is highly respected among his peers in the law enforcement community and in the City of Cocoa. His integrity, steady leadership, professionalism and dedication to the community and the Cocoa Police Department are attributes we should all strive to attain.
Mark assumed command of the Cocoa Police Department in January 2009, following a tumultuous period with the agency in terms of stability and leadership.
During my tenure with the City, I’ve worked with three permanent and two interim Police Chiefs, and Mark clearly provided the leadership the agency needed to bring stability, continuity and focus within the department.
APPLICATIONS NOW BEING REVIEWED FOR ACTING POLICE CHIEF
In meeting with the Command Staff, I requested all Majors that are interested to forward me an email of their interest to serve as Acting Police Chief (and possibly the next Police Chief). I will be reviewing their personnel files and meet with those that express an interest for the purpose of making a selection of Acting Police Chief.
“Thirty years with the same agency and rising through the ranks from patrol officer to Chief of Police is quite an accomplishment. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark as a fellow department head and the past eight months as City Manager.” — John Titkanich
The designated acting police chief will shadow and work alongside Chief Klayman from the moment of their selection until Mark’s retirement. Chief Klayman, the designated acting police chief and I will meet on a regular basis to discuss the transition and departmental matters.
Following Mark’s retirement and probably shortly after the new calendar year begins, we will engage in a process to hire a permanent police chief. Please know that it is not my intent to appoint an acting police chief that is a caretaker until a final selection of Police Chief is made.
The acting police chief will be expected to provide leadership and assume the full responsibility and roles of police chief and the powers that go with that position.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Titkanich has been the City Manager of Cocoa, Florida since February 2013. Titkanich is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and administers and oversees daily operations of the City, as well as governmental relations, legislative and public affairs. The City Manager oversees the Finance, Fire, Utilities, Public Works and the Police Departments. Prior to being Cocoa city manager Titkanich was the Community Development Director of the City of Cocoa from January 2002 through February 2013.