MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – Miami Beach’s next high-ranking police officer may go down in history as the city’s first black police chief.
Deputy Chief Wayne Jones rose through the ranks of the Miami Beach Police Department.
“He had just about any job,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said. “He performed in a very extraordinary manner with integrity.”
Jones was chosen as the department’s next police chief.
“He was the best candidate for this job,” Gelber said. “I think the hallmark of a mature department is the ability to select leaders from within.”
Violence during weekends like spring break is a major problem for the city, according to a memo from city manager Alina Hudak recommending Jones. The memo can be seen at the bottom of this story.
Protecting the area and improving technology are also priorities.
Jones has 27 years of experience with the Miami Beach Police Department and was sworn in as Deputy Chief in 2019.
At work, Jones helped develop a homeless relief program and set up a human trafficking unit.
He holds a master’s degree from Florida International University.
“We have to approve the manager’s recommendation, which we hopefully will do at the next meeting,” Gelber said.
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