Police Chief Recruitment Process

With the retirement of Chief Michael Cantaloupe in December 2020, after serving 30 years with the Cocoa Police Department, the City of Cocoa will be initiating a recruitment process for the next Chief of Police. Below is more information about the process.

Phase 1: Ideal Candidate Development (September 2020)

  • City Manager to meet with and survey each member of City Council to identify ideal characteristics for the ultimate selected candidate including management style, department focus and experience.
  • City Manager to solicit input from Police Department personnel and unions to identify ideal characteristics for the ultimate selected candidate.  
  • City Manager to solicit input from the Police Community Relations Advisory Board members to identify ideal characteristics for the ultimate selected candidate. 
  • City Manager to solicit community input to identify ideal characteristics for the ultimate selected candidate. Survey was open from  September 11 - 25, 2020 for citizen input.

Phase 2: Recruitment (November 2020 - February 2021)

  • The City has reviewed and revised the job description.
  • A recruitment brochure is being created for the position. 
  • Recruitment initiated through a national broad-based search.

Phase 3: Candidate Evaluation (February - March 2021)

Phase 4: Candidate Selection (April 2021)