Major Vincent R. Affanato has been named interim police chief, according to a memo sent by Hollywood City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark to the City Commission late Monday.
Affanato, who has been with the Hollywood Police Department for almost 30 years, will take a crash course in running the department from Chief Chad Wagner.
Wagner, who has been with the Hollywood Police Department for 30 years, retires on January 25th.
“For the next two weeks he [Affanato] will serve in transition under the tutelage of retiring police chief Wagner,” Swanson-Rivenbark wrote in the memo.
City commissioners had begun asking about Wagner’s replacement.
Wagner must retire at the end of January as time is up for his Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP, which will guarantee certain life-long pension advantages.
Swanson-Rivenbark had previously indicated that an interim chief would be appointed while she and Assistant City Manager of Public Safety Frank Fernandez conducted a search for a new top cop.
Affanato 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.
Because he will retire from the Hollywood Police Department in 18 months, Affanato will not be considered for the permanent position. He is also in the DROP program.