November 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Ann-Marie Taylor, retired acting chief of the Palm Beach Police Department, has been appointed the new Chief of Campus Safety & Security at Palm Beach Atlantic University effective January 2, 2019. Taylor served that department for 24 years progressively being promoted through the ranks. At the time of her retirement, she supervised 100 employees and managed an annual budget of $15 million, among her many duties.


During her employment, Taylor received 62 departmental and citizen commendations. She was appointed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force by then-Palm Beach Police Chief Michael S. Reiter, serving as a Palm Beach Police detective for seven years and continues to hold top secret security clearance. She has attended hundreds of professional development courses relating to law enforcement.

Taylor is a double alumna of Palm Beach Atlantic, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in leadership. She also completed coursework at the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.

“We are excited to welcome Ann-Marie Taylor into this important leadership role,” said John Kautz III, senior vice president for Finance & Administration/CFO. “With the increased responsibility brought by a growing campus, Chief Taylor’s extensive experience in running a city police department makes her well qualified to lead the University’s efforts to enhance campus safety and security.”

In her new role at the University, Taylor will be responsible for serving as the primary contact between the University and external agencies in regard to safety and security issues/concerns. She also will be an active member of the University’s Crisis Management Team. On the administrative side, she will manage the departmental budget and the security content on the external websites.

Taylor lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, Don, a retired firefighter/paramedic, and 14-year-old daughter, Abbie. They have attended Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens for 14 years, where they all serve regularly. As a family, they like to travel within the U.S. and internationally; recent trips include a family missions’ trip to Haiti. 

Through her years of law enforcement service, Taylor has established many relationships within the police and security communities. She says that she looks forward to combining her work experience with her time at Palm Beach Atlantic as a student to provide a unique perspective to the security and safety needs of the University.

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in West Palm Beach, Orlando and online. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service.



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