Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2022

Interim Boynton Beach City Manager Appoints Police and Fire Chiefs

The City of Boynton Beach has two new Chiefs; Interim City Manager Jim Stables has appointed Joseph DeGiulio as Police Chief and Hugh Bruder as Fire Chief.

Chief Joseph DeGiulio has served the Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD) since 2001, most recently as Interim Police Chief. He has more than 25 years of progressive law enforcement experience, including having previously served as the BBPD’s Assistant Police Chief for the Department’s Uniform Services Division. Chief DeGiulio was responsible for bringing advanced training programs to the department to include tactical first-aid, fair and impartial policing and de-escalation. He was also responsible for successfully implementing the body worn camera program, the Narcan/Naloxone program, and the tactical fitness and wellness programs.

Chief DeGiulio earned a Master’s Degree in leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Graduate Certificate in Police Executive Leadership from American Public University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Studies from John Jay College. He is a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Hugh Bruder has more than 42 years of Fire Service experience, most recently having served as the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department’s (BBFR) Interim Fire Chief and before that, as Deputy Fire Chief. He joined the BBFR in 2020, and in that time, has reorganized Fire Department Administration in order to place more firefighters in the field. Chief Bruder has worked to foster solid labor management relations, improve staff morale and facilitated grant writing for a new Fire Boat, EMS equipment and crucial emergency communications infrastructure.

Chief Bruder has revamped and improved the Critical Incident Management and Peer Support Programs for both the BBFR and BBPD, and has worked to create a new Community Outreach Program that includes youth fire programs. Chief Bruder holds an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Fire Service Management. He is a Designated Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and a United States Air Force Veteran.

“Both of these public safety leaders have spent a lifetime nobly serving others, while qualifying and climbing the promotional ladders in their respective areas and collaborating to enhance the mental wellness of their employees,” according to Interim City Manager Jim Stables. “These well-deserved promotions will bring further stability to our leadership team and to the overall public safety of the community.”

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