Miami Beach Deputy Chief of Police Wayne Jones appointed the city’s first black police chief.

MIAMI BEACH, Florida. (TodayNews) — Deputy Police Chief Wayne Jones could become the first black police chief in the city’s 108-year history if approved by the city commission.

City Manager Alina Hudak announced the appointment on Monday, saying Jones, a dedicated 27-year veteran of the department, is “the right person at the right time” for the position.

Pending city commission approval on July 26, Jones is expected to take over the role in September, replacing outgoing chief Richard Clements.

Hudak expressed confidence in Jones’ leadership abilities and said that Clements should serve as an adviser during the transition until October 31.

This significant move highlights the city’s commitment to diversity and represents a historic milestone for the Miami Beach Police Department.

“Throughout the interview, the commanding officers consistently expressed their support and respect [Jones] in his role as deputy chief and potential future role,” Hudak said. “I strongly believe in the value of longevity, tradition and dedication.”

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