The City of Miami has appointed Jorge Colina as the Miami Police Department's next chief, replacing the outgoing Rodolfo Llanes.
City Manager Emilio T. Gonzalez named Colina on Thursday. Colina, who started his career at the Miami Police Department in 1990, will be sworn in Jan. 26.
The highly-decorated police veteran served as assistant chief of police under Llanes since 2015. The City of Miami released a statement in which it said Colina is deeply committed to Miami and its residents," adding that he seeks to enhance partnerships with the community and create innovative enforcement strategies.
At the helm, Colina will also utilize the latest technologies to "enhance efficiency, improve transparency and reduce overall crime," the statement adds.
"My top priority is going to be gun violence. When you live in a place as beautiful as Miami you shouldn't be afraid to go outside and I want to help change that" Colina said.