Palm Bay Police Chief Nelson Moya Retires After 31 Years of Service, Accepts Position in New York

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Palm Bay Police Chief Nelson Moya announced his retirement Monday after 31 years of dedicated service. Palm Bay Deputy Chief Mario Augello will serve as Acting Chief until Moya’s replacement is selected. (PBPD image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police Chief Nelson Moya has announced his retirement from the department after 31 years of dedicated service.

Moya also announced  he has accepted a position in Long Island, New York and will begin his new job in March.

Palm Bay Deputy Chief Mario Augello will serve as Acting Chief until Moya’s replacement is selected.

“The City of Palm Bay wishes Chief Moya well in his future endeavors, both personally and professionally,” said a City of Palm Bay spokesperson.

“His contributions to the Palm Bay Police Department have been significant and marked by a commitment to excellence and professionalism. Chief Moya’s absence will be acutely felt by his colleagues and the greater Palm Bay community.”

Moya began his law enforcement career with the Palm Bay Police Department in 1991 at age 19 and has worked in a multitude of capacities with the agency, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2017 and the Chief in 2019.

Officer CJ Woronka, right, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross award by the Palm Bay Police Department. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)
Then Palm Bay Police Captain Nelson Moya in 2014, left, with Officer CJ Woronka, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross award by the Palm Bay Police Department. (PBPD image)

During his career, he was also a Field Training Officer, Detective and Internal Affairs Investigator.

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.

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.

City of Palm Bay officials said they will conduct a competitive search for the next police chief and additional information regarding the search will be made available once details have been finalized.

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