Maj. Vincent R. Affanato, who has been with the Hollywood Police Department for almost 30 years, will be the city’s interim police chief, according to a memo sent by City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark to the City Commission.
Affanato will work with Police Chief Chad Wagner until Wagner retires a week from Friday.
“For the next two weeks he will serve in transition under the tutelage of retiring police chief [Chad] Wagner,” Swanson-Rivenbark wrote in the memo, dated Monday.
At a meeting last week, commissioners began asking about Wagner’s replacement, some suggesting that the city try to keep Wagner on until a replacement is found.
Wagner, who has been with the department for 30 years, must retire at the end of the month because time is up for his Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP, which will guarantee certain pension advantages.
Swanson-Rivenbark said she would name an interim while she and Assistant City Manager of Public Safety Frank Fernandez continued their internal search for a new top cop.
Affanato, who was recommended by Fernandez, joined the department in 1984 as a road patrol officer.
He rose through the ranks and has worked in almost every division, including criminal investigations, intelligence, narcotics and communications.
Affanato, who will retire in 18 months because he is nearing the end of his deferred retirement plan, will not be considered for the permanent position.
“Maj. Affanato has performed and excelled in numerous roles with the Hollywood Police Department, allowing him to become deeply familiar with sworn and civilian personnel, departmental policies and protocols, city staff and administrators and the overall Hollywood community,” Fernandez wrote in his recommendation to the city manager.
“As the city conducts its search for a permanent police chief, I have the utmost confidence in Major Affanato’s ability and qualifications to serve as interim police chief,” Fernandez wrote.