Former interim police chief Michael Madden has returned to his role as assistant police chief.

RIVIERA BEACH —  Interim Riviera Beach Police Chief Michael Madden has been removed from that role and returned to his previous role as the department's assistant chief, a city spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Major Spencer Rozier, who had been serving as the interim assistant police chief, was named the interim chief effective Thursday, spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said.  The decision was made at the discretion of interim city manager Deirdre Jacobs, Brown said.  The change in leadership comes one day before the return of former city manager Jonathan Evans. 

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In May, the city council vote 3-2  to rehire Evans, reversing the decision by the previous city council in 2017 to fire Evans. Evans had been serving as the city manager in Madeira Beach, a community of about 4,200 people located west of St. Petersburg. He formally resigned from that position on Tuesday.

Madden had served as interim chief since February 2018, when former police chief Clarence Williams resigned. He has been with the Riviera Beach Police Department since 2003 and was appointed to the assistant chief role in September 2013.

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