Atlantic Beach Names New Police Chief

Atlantic Beach is getting a new police chief this summer, and they didn't have very far to look.

Deputy Chief Jeff Harvey will become the town's next police chief as Chief Allen Smith retires on August 31st.

Town manager David Walker announced Harvey's promotion Tuesday.

The new chief has been with the department for the past 11 years, and has been deputy chief since 2010. He retired from the U.S. Navy prior to getting into police work in 2001.

Chief Smith will end a 38-year law enforcement career when he retires.