Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates will be retiring in June, he announced Friday.
Oates tweeted out a letter he sent to Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales announcing his retirement when his five-year contract ends.
"It's been a great experience working for you and with your leadership team, but it finally feels right to end my 38-year career in law enforcement," Oates wrote.
Oates came to Miami Beach in 2014, after working as an officer in New York and as police chief in Aurora, Colorado.
Oates, a former Eagle Scout and newspaper reporter, joined the New York City Police Department in 1980 where he worked for 21 years. He became head of the intelligence division, picking up a law degree along the way. He was named chief of the Ann Arbor, Mich. Police Department in 2001, then Aurora chief in 2005.
In the letter below I delivered to the City Manager this morning, I announced my plans to retire in June after nearly 39 years in law enforcement. It’s been a great run, and it’s been an honor to serve the City of Miami Beach. pic.twitter.com/Iko9iK1RTi— Daniel J. Oates (@MBPDChiefOates) April 5, 2019
Oates was chief in Aurora when a gunman killed 12 people in a mass shooting in a movie theater during a late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."