|U.S. House, North Carolina , District 3|
|Bachelor's||University of South Florida|
|Master's||Troy State University|
|Service/branch||U.S. Air Force|
|Years of service||1966-1968 and 1971-1975|
|Profession||Former New Bern Police Chief|
Palombo, who was draft-exempt, volunteered to join the Air Force at the age of 18 in 1966. He served from 1966-1968 and again from 1971-1975. Palombo joined the Clearwater Florida Police Department in 1976. He retired from the Clearwater Police Department at the rank of Captain after 20 years of service. Palombo and his Fayetteville-born wife moved to Eastern North Carolina in 1997. Palombo was selected from among over 300 applicants to become the Police Chief in New Bern. Palombo served on numerous boards and commissions including The NC State Emergency Response Commission, the NC Structured Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, and as President of the NC Association of Chiefs of Police. Palombo received the Order of Long Leaf Pine upon his retirement in 2011. He was New Bern's longest serving Police Chief.
Palombo earned a B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1982 and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in 1997.
Palombo ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 3rd District. Palombo sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Palombo was defeated by 18-year incumbent Rep. Walter B. Jones in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary. 
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 3 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Walter B. Jones Incumbent||69%||42,644|
As of April 18, 2012, Palombo had raised $63,443 and spent $57,314, leaving him with $6,129 cash on hand. Of that, 81 percent came from individual contributions, 10 percent came from candidate self-financing, and 9 percent from PAC contributions.
- North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District
- North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives
- New Bern Sun Journal, "Former New Bern Police chief to run for Congress," accessed January 27, 2012 (dead link)
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results," accessed May 9, 2012.
- Long Leaf Pine Award May 11, 2011
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
- opensecrets.org Accessed May 3, 2012