New Miami Beach Police Chief Approved

Raymond A. Martinez was voted in 4-2

Miami Beach commissioners voted to appoint a new police chief on Wednesday.

Raymond Martinez was voted in 4-2, The Miami Herald reported. He will be promoted from assistant police chief. He has served as the department's interim leader since November.

The swearing in ceremony for the new police chief will take place Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. Judge Ivan Fernandez, of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, will administer the oath of office.

“I am excited to take on this challenge, and I look forward to continuing to serve the residents, businesses and visitors of this great community in this new capacity,” Martinez said in an email statement. “I feel honored and privileged to be chosen to serve as the Miami Beach Chief of Police.”

The embattled police department has faced several internal controversies including a Memorial Day weekend shooting and an ATV crash where an officer crashed into people on the beach.

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