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New York, Colorado police vet elected as new Miami Beach police chief

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Newly appointed Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates Newly appointed Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mayor of Miami Beach has announced a New York City and Colorado law enforcement veteran as his candidate for Miami Beach police chief.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine made the announcement Tuesday. 59-year-old Dan Oates will replace outgoing Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez, who is stepping down after two years on the job to head up security at the Ultra Music Festival.

Oates had held the same position in Aurora, Colorado since 2005. He was formerly with the New York City Police Department for 21 years. "That was a major factor of having someone who's gonna come in as a change agent," said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales. "He was by far the most qualified candidate I interviewed. Someone who is extremely intelligent, obviously his academic background from Bachelors to Masters from NYU, Law Degree from New York Law."

While serving in Colorado, Oates oversaw the investigation into the Aurora movie theater massacre of 2012, the biggest undertaking in the state's history.

Levine said that the Aurora movie shooting is not the only thing that qualifies Oates for the job. "Chief Oates displayed an incredible sense of leadership in that crisis in Aurora. But, I think, even more importantly, 21 years in the NYPD, the head of the intelligence unit. He really, I guess you could say, earned his bones under [NYPD Commissioner Bill] Bratton, who is one of the greatest ever, and Chief Bratton said that we made an amazing decision. He went from there to transfer to Anne Arbor as a police chief and then of course in Aurora."

The new appointee still needs to be confirmed by city commissioners, which may take another week to happen. Levine expects his candidate to come down in the next few weeks to meet with elected officials, who will then decide whether or not they will give him their green light to become Miami Beach's next police chief.

"I think what we're looking for, we found," said Levine. "Tremendous experience, great leadership capability, somebody who's very tolerant of all the various segments of our community in Miami Beach."

Among the challenges he will have to tackle are Urban Beach Weekend, during the extended Memorial Day weekend, and the Miami Beach Police Department's policy on Tasers following the death of an 18-year-old Israel Hernandez accused of fleeing police after spray-painting graffiti on an abandoned building.

"We want him to take a look at all of our standard operating procedures, our protocols, our training, our recruitment at every level," said Morales. "The issues at our police department are both a combination of issues in the department, and also some perception issues and even communication issues."

A Commission meeting took place inside of the Miami Beach City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. It is expected that they will discuss Oates' candidacy for the position.

The actual vote to decide who will become the new Police Chief of Miami Beach is not expected to occur until next week. The Commission wants to make sure that Oates can fly to Miami and meet with city officials before any decisions are made.

A spokesperson for Oates said it would be inappropriate for him to comment until the Miami Beach City Commission confirms his appointment.


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