MIAMI -

For the first time in the history of the Miami Police Department, a female member will be appointed to Assistant Chief of Police.

Overtown neighborhood Commander Anita M. Najiy, a 31-year veteran of the agency, will be promoted during a ceremony at the Miami Police College Auditorium Wednesday afternoon.

“I am privileged to select Commander Najiy as one of my assistant chiefs,” said Chief Manuel Orosa. “I am doubly honored because our nation commemorates Black History the same month of her promotion.” He added: “Our 116-year city has witnessed many milestones, but this, by far, is one of the greatest of our history.” 

Najiy is expected to head the Administration Division of the agency, which is comprised of crucial units such as Budget and Personnel Resource Management.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Masters in National Security Affairs.

Also being promoted Wednesday is Esther Farmer from the Department’s Labor Relations Unit. Farmer will assume the new role of commander, which according to the department is also an executive staff position of substantial responsibility. She has a Bachelor and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.