Executive Board of Directors
Chief Hal Hutchins
Chief Hal Hutchins serves as the Chief of Police for the Town of Ocean Ridge. He has been with the Ocean Ridge Police Department since 2005, having previously served for the Town of Palm Beach Police Department from 1981 until his retirement in 2005.
Chief Hutchins holds a Bachelor’s degree from Barry University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course. Chief Hutchins currently serves on the board of directors of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Exchange and as Director of the Ocean Ridge Department of Public Safety Support Group.
Chief Javaro Sims
Police Chief Javaro Sims was born in Palm Beach County, Florida. He attended the Lake Worth Community High School, and then the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in physical education, and then Lynn University in Boca Raton where he obtained a master’s degree in criminal justice administration. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 255th Session, University of VA., in Quantico, VA. He continued his education by attending courses in Future Law Enforcement Executives, Future Police Chiefs, Senior Management Institute for Police Executives, the Senior Management Research Forum, and the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville).
Chief Gus Medina
Police Chief Gus Medina began his law enforcement career in 1998 in Newark, New Jersey. On April 2018, he was named as the Chief of Police for Tequesta Police Department. He currently holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University and a Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson in Administrative Sciences. Chief Medina is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute 130th AOC, FBI Executive Development Session 2020, Senior Management Institute for Police Executive Research Forum, Chief Executive Seminar Class 53, and is a Certified Public Manager.
Deputy Chief David England
Deputy Chief England began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Largo Police Department. He later joined the Jupiter Police Department in 1998. Over the following 22 years, he was promoted through the ranks having ultimately served as the Commander of the Administrative Services Division, Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Operations Bureau. Deputy Chief England holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. In September of 2011, Deputy Chief England graduated from the 246th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Chief Clinton Shannon
Chief Clint Shannon began his law enforcement career in 1979 in North Miami where he spent 31 years. Chief Shannon was promoted up through the ranks to Chief of Police before retiring in 2010. Clint joined the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in 2010 as an Assistant Chief and was appointed Chief of Police in 2018. Chief Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 202nd session, FBI Executive Development 56th session, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police 68th session.
Chief Richard Jenkins
Past-President at Large
Chief Jenkins currently serves as Police Chief in North Palm Beach. He is a 30 year leader in South Florida policing. Chief Jenkins is an Executive Board member and immediate past-president of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police and President of the Northern Area Mutual Aid Consortium of Palm Beach County. Chief Jenkins holds a Masters of Criminal Justice from Boston University is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executive Research Forum Command Colleges.
Chief Ted J. Gonzales (Retired)
Ted Gonzales currently serves as the Countywide Director of Operations for Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Exchange (LEX). Director Gonzales retired as Chief/Director of Public Safety for the Jupiter Island Public Safety Department in April of 2014 and was appointed Executive Director of Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police in October of 2014. He has over 34 years of Law Enforcement experience in South Florida.