Miami Beach Police may be on the verge of hiring a new police chief.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine confirmed to the Denver NBC affiliate 9News that Aurora, Colorado Police Chief Dan Oates is the finalist to take over the Miami Beach Police Department.
The last step for Oates will be a confirmation vote by the Miami Beach Commission. Mayor Oates said he believes the vote will happen sometime next week.
News9 said Aurora Police said they could not confirm the reports and referred questions to City of Miami Beach.
Oates was appointed Chief of Police in Aurora in 2005 and oversees 670 officers and 794 employees and a total budget of $94 million. Oates also worked for 21 years in the New York Police Department.
Chief Oates was in charge of Aurora Police during the theater massacre when James Holmes opened fire during a late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."