Command Staff

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE

Picture of Chief Richard T. Wiley

Police Chief Richard T. Wiley has been employed in law enforcement for over 35 years, most of it with the Philadelphia Police Department. He was promoted four times during his career in Philadelphia and achieved the rank of Police Staff Inspector. Chief Wiley earned his Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph's University. Chief Wiley retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2005 to accept a position as the Chief of Police for Lower Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. Lower Swatara Twp Police Department is a full service department consisting of 16 police officers and 1 civilian serving a population of 10,000 residents. On September 9, 2012, he was sworn in as the third Police Chief of the West Melbourne Police Department. Chief Wiley is married to his wife Gigi and they have two children and 4 grandchildren.

Photo of Deputy Chief Richard Cordeau

Deputy Chief Richard Cordeau began his career at the West Melbourne Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer in 1997. In March 1998 he was hired as a full time Police Officer. In 2006, Deputy Chief Cordeau was promoted to Sergeant where he led a squad of officers in the Patrol Division. He was later promoted to Lieutenant where he served as Day and Night Watch Commander, Criminal Investigations and Patrol Division Commander, and Public Information Officer. After Being Promoted to the Rank of Captain, in January 2015, Deputy Chief Cordeau served as Commander in both Patrol and Support Services Divisions.

Deputy Chief Cordeau was named Officer of the Year in 2000 and Supervisor of the year in 2011. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the 268th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He is a member of the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, National Academy Associates, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to his wife Mary and has three children.

Photo of Lieutenant Jennifer Curran

Lieutenant Jennifer Curran joined the West Melbourne Police Department in October 1999 as a Reserve Police Officer. In September 2001 she was hired as a full time Police Officer. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and to Lieutenant in 2018. She was named the Officer of the Year for 2007. She is currently assigned to the Office of Professional Standards where her duties include, but are not limited to, Internal Affairs, Background Investigations, Accreditation Manager, and EOC Coordinator.

Lieutenant Curran received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. She received her Master of Art degree from Webster University where she double majored in Management & Leadership and Human Resources Management. She successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute and received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. She serves as a trustee on the Police Pension Board and is a peer support member on the Department's Critical Incident Stress Management team.

DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS AND WATCH COMMANDERS

Photo of Captain Charles Finsted

Patrol Division Commander - Captain Charles Finsted began his career with the West Melbourne Police Department in 1993. He was named Officer of the Year in 1995 and 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996, to Lieutenant in 1999, and to Captain in 2012. He has served as a Division Commander since 1999 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.

Captain Finsted received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management - General Business from Eastern Florida State College. He has successfully completed Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency, Property and Evidence Room Management, Managing the Detective Unit, Tactical Operations Command, Drug Unit Commander, and Managing the Accreditation Process. He served as a trustee on the Police Pension Board for 20 years and is a member of the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Watch Commander - Patrol Lieutenant Michelle Page joined the West Melbourne Police Department in 2011 after retiring as a Master Sergeant from the United States Army. She was named the 2016 Officer of the Year. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2017 and the rank of Lieutenant in 2019. She is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander and also supervises the Field Training and Evaluation Program. 

Lieutenant Page received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and a Master in Criminal Justice from Keiser University. She successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute and received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

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Watch Commander - Patrol Lieutenant James Parsons began his career at the West Melbourne Police Department in 2009. He served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Detective before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016. He was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2019. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander and also supervises the Traffic Unit and Traffic Homicide Unit.

Lieutenant Parsons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute and received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. He serves as a trustee on the Police Pension Board.

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Criminal Investigations Division Commander - Lieutenant Antonio Romano joined the West Melbourne Police Department in 2007 after serving as an Infantryman In the United States Army. He was named the 2013 Officer of the Year. He was promoted the the rank of Sergeant in 2016 and then to the rank of Lieutenant in 2019. He currently oversees the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Special Investigation Unit, conducting all levels of criminal investigations.

Lieutenant Romano received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida. He received his Master of Public Administration from Webster University. He successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute and received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. 


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Support Services Division Commander - Captain Carlos Navedo served in the United States Army and Army National Guard prior to becoming a Police Officer for the West Melbourne Police Department in 2003. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Crime Scene Technician, Bike Patrol Officer, Major Crimes Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Patrol Division Commander. He was named Officer of the Year in 2007. He currently oversees several subunits of the Division to include the Records Unit, Property and Evidence, Training, and Recruiting.

Captain Navedo holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Services from Springfield College and a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University. He attended the 83rd Session of the prestigious Command Officers Development Course at the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.