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Miami commissioner wants to change way city hires police chief

As Art Acevedo’s attorneys prepare to file a lawsuit against the city of Miami, Commissioner Manolo Reyes said the hiring process needs to be redefined.

MIAMI – As Art Acevedo’s attorneys prepare to file a lawsuit against the city of Miami, Commissioner Manolo Reyes said the hiring process needs to be redefined.

Reyes wants voters to decide if Miami commissioners should select a committee to make recommendations for the city manager to hire the city’s next police chief. Commissioners voted 4-1 to place the item on the Nov. 2 ballot.

“The chief has always been selected ... by the mayor,” Reyes said.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez vetoed it. Suarez and City Manager Arthur Noriega had already hired Acevedo without the commission’s input. They tasked him with police reform, but Acevedo’s Sept. 24 memo showed he lacked support.

Miami is in search of a new police chief after firing Art Acevedo on Thursday night.

“The department was and continues to be in need of reform,” Acevedo told reporters after his termination on Thursday night.

Suarez opposed Reyes’ idea. After what happened with Acevedo, Reyes wants commissioners to discuss it again during the meeting on Oct. 28.

“I want to bring it back,” Reyes said, adding he wants it on the 2022 ballot.

Acevedo’s memo


About the Authors:

Michael Putney came to Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney." He is Local 10's senior political reporter. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.