Mayor says next chief will have ‘big shoes to fill’

MIAMI – Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez said Thursday afternoon he and the city manager have four months to find a new police chief who will have “big shoes to fill.”Chief Jorge Colina announced that he is planning to retire Jan. 31, 2021 after leading about 1,300 sworn Miami Police Department officers for three years. Deputy Chief Ronald L. Papier and Assistant Chief Cherise Gause were near him. Colina joined the department in 1990, and after moving up the ladder he was sworn in as chief Jan. 26, 2018. Miguel Exposito was police chief from 2009 to 2011John Timoney was police chief from 2003 to 2009Raul Martinez was police chief from 2000 to 2003William O’Brien was police chief from 1998 to 2000Donald Warshaw was police chief from 1994 to 1998Calvin Ross was police chief from 1991 to 1994Perry Anderson Jr. was police chief from 1988 to 1991Clarence Dickson was the first African-American police chief from 1985 to 1988Herbert Breslow was police chief from 1984 to 1985Kenneth T. Harms was police chief from 1978 to 1984Garland P. Watkins was police chief from 1975 to 1978Bernard L. Garmire was police chief from 1969 to 1974Walter E. Headley was police chief from 1948 to 1968Frank Mitchell was police chief from 1946 to 1948Charles O. Nelson was police chief again from 1944 to 1946Howard Leslie Quigg was police chief again from 1937 to 1944John B. Rowland was police chief 1936 to 1937D.D. McCreary was police chief 1933 to 1936Guy C. Reeve was police chief 1928 to 1933Howard Leslie Quigg was police chief from 1921 to 1928Raymond F. Dillon was police chief from 1917 to 1921William J. Whitman was police chief from 1914 to 1917Charles Robert Ferguson was police chief from 1911 until 1914.