Paul O’Connell bio

Wilton Manors Police Department

Chief Of Police – Paul O’Connell

Chief O’Connell started his law enforcement career in 1977 when, after graduating from Northeastern University, Boston, he became a Campus Police Officer for the downtown urban campus of that same University.

In 1978 he was hired by the Pompano Beach Police Department where he served in a variety of assignments for the next 21 years.

In 1999, the Pompano Beach Police Department merged with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and then Sgt. O’Connell was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as its new supervisor. Over the next 11 years he rose through the ranks to eventually becoming the B.S.O. District Chief for the City of Parkland (2007 – 2011).

In 2011, District Chief O’Connell retired from the Broward Sheriff’s Office to accept a position as the Wilton Manors Police Department’s new Police Chief where he has served since. For his work in Wilton Manors he was selected by the Anti-Defamation League for its 2013 ADL Florida Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

Chief O’Connell holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, MS in Public Administration from St. Thomas University, a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University and is a Graduate of the 251st Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the Florida Bar and has practiced law in the areas of Labor Law and Insurance Defense.

The Chief of Police can be reached at 954-390-2158.