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.
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, 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.
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."