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Ex-Bunnell Police Chief Jeff Hoffman Sworn in as Sheriff’s Chief Deputy

| October 7, 2013

Jeff Hoffman, right, is sworn in by Sheriff Jim Manfre today. (FCSO)

Jeff Hoffman, right, is sworn in by Sheriff Jim Manfre today. (FCSO)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office welcomed a new Senior Commander to it ranks on Monday after Sheriff Jim Manfre administered the oath of office during a morning ceremony. Jeff Hoffman will oversee the agency’s Neighborhood Services Division, the largest within the Sheriff’s Office. Hoffman is essentially filling the chief deputy’s role previously occupied by Paul Bovino, who’s on medical leave (and who will be going back to platoon commander), and David O’Brien, who was forced to resign earlier this year.

The division is comprised of sworn deputies who are assigned to such areas as patrol, special operations, and traffic enforcement and training.

For a little over a year, and until last week, Hoffman was the Bunnell Police Chief. In late 2013, as Bunnell was bleeding top administrators as a result of turmoil on the city commission, Hoffman interviewed for Senior Commander with the Sheriff’s Office, a position he apparently won easily. Manfre had included Hoffman on an oral board that interviewed other candidates for other jobs, and interviewed existing staff about new assignments (or what, in some cases, led to firings).

Hoffman was also part of the interviewing process in Flagler Beach’s search for a new police chief, an inclusion that may influence the final choice there: Steve Clair, one of the long-time, high-ranking officers Manfre fired after he took the reins at the Sheriff’s Office in January, is among the three finalists for the Flagler Beach job, but Manfre is reportedly opposed to Clair as chief there. Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell’s decision, expected next week, may be an indication of how far Manfre’s influence stretches in the county.

Manfre said he looked forward to having Hoffman on his command staff. “I believe that his keen knowledge of law enforcement operations will be a tremendous asset to our agency as we continue to grow in the future,” Manfre said.

Hoffman started his law enforcement career with the Daytona Beach Police Department in 1991. He worked in nearly every area of the police department, to include patrol, public housing, street crimes, crime suppression, narcotics, internal affairs and SWAT. He retired from the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2012 at the rank of Captain where he had served as a patrol district commander, managing all uniformed patrol operations, including the K9 unit, marine unit and a crime suppression team. He assisted in strategic planning for numerous special events within the city, including the Daytona 500, Bike Week and spring break.

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6 Responses for “Ex-Bunnell Police Chief Jeff Hoffman Sworn in as Sheriff’s Chief Deputy”

  1. Flagler resident says:

    Interesting, I heard this guy was on the board that fired the lieutenants. Also heard they were only going to fire two lieutenants , but offered him a job with one catch a third lieutenant would have to be recommended to be fired too. Sounds like back door deals. Well hope he realizes he might be a means to an ends too if Manfre needs to cut another position down the road.

  2. Nathan says:

    I’m a little confused here….

    So a position is resurrected (the one previously occupied by O’brien)…

    Never advertised internally….never advertised externally (newspapers etc)….and then the same person who helped in the removal of three seasoned professionals accepts a job?

    What is going on in that place?

    [The appointment is the result of an ongoing reorganization; while the position is similar to that of chief deputy, it was given a different name.–FL]

  3. Charles Gardner says:

    Did Chief Hoffman take the 4 way stops in Bunnell with him when he left? Seriously, I hated to see Hoffman leave his position in Bunnell, he was good for the City.

    • Tax Payer says:

      He won’t last under Manfre. I give him 6 months. Than again, I give Manfre 6 months before the Governor takes him out of office.

  4. Anonymous says:

    They share the same ethics… wonder this is a fit.

  5. Ray Thorne says:

    Fast forward to 2015 and we see that Staly has resigned and Hoffman is promoted to the same position he was sworn in as except now he gets a raise. SMH.

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