Executive Command Staff
Deputy Chief Michael Barbera
Deputy Chief Michael Barbera is the Deputy Chief of Police and is second in command in support of Chief David England.
Deputy Chief Barbera spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the police academy and being hired by the Jupiter Police Department. He has spent the last 25 years with the Jupiter Police Department and has served our community in several different positions within the department. Deputy Chief Barbera was a Field Training Officer, Street Crimes Agent, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Captain, Major and currently as the Deputy Chief of Police.
He was also Jupiter Police Department's Honor Guard Commander for the last 10 years.
Deputy Chief Barbera holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master's Degree in Criminology from Florida State University.
Operations Support Bureau
Major Christopher J. Smith began his career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in 1992. After joining the Jupiter Police Department as a full-time officer in 1993, Major Smith served in several different components of the agency prior to being promoted through the ranks to his first Command Staff rank of Captain in 2011 and then Major in 2014. Major Smith has commanded all three bureaus of the Jupiter Police Department during his career. He has served as a Field Training Officer and was a founding member, and eventual team leader, of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
Major Smith dedicated a significant portion of his early career to community outreach and problem-oriented policing, being assigned to both Community Outreach and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team. He has also been involved in several major projects for the police department to include the first implementation of notebook computers in patrol vehicles, the transition to a new Records Management and Computer Aided Dispatch system, and the moving of the agency into a newly built facility. Major Smith spearheaded the reinstitution of an Explorer program for teens interested in law enforcement and served as the Explorer Advisor during the first three years of the program.
Major Smith is a Palm Beach County native and grew up in the community in which he serves. He has an Associate of Arts Degree from Palm Beach State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. Major Smith is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #271.
Administrative Services Bureau
In 2002, Major Don Hennessy began his career with the Jupiter Police Department as a Communications Officer. In 2007, after completing the police academy, he was hired as a sworn police officer for the Jupiter Police Department. During his career as an officer, he was assigned to the Road Patrol, the Beach Unit, and also served as the department’s Accreditation Manager. In 2015, Major Hennessey was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Nights 2 Platoon until his reassignments to the Special Operations Division and then to the Criminal Investigations Division. Upon being promoted to Captain in December 2021 he served as the District 2 and Nights 2 Platoon Commander. He has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Supervision and Management from Palm Beach State College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Florida State University.
Major Shane Lunsford
Major Shane Lunsford began his career with the United States Air Force serving as a Security Police Specialist prior to joining the Jupiter Police Department. Since 1998, he has served our department and our community in several different positions. Major Lunsford was a Field Training Officer, Training Coordinator & Fleet Manager, Patrol Sergeant, Special Operations Division Supervisor, Assistant SWAT Team Commander, SWAT Team Leader, and most recently District 1 Patrol Commander prior to his current position of Major.
Major Lunsford also holds the additional duty of Commander for the Jupiter Police Department SWAT Team.
Major Lunsford holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Columbia Southern University and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Major Lunsford is also a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy #76, and has obtained the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.