Doral police chief is fired

The chief of the Doral Police Department, Ricardo Gomez, was unexpectedly dismissed from his post on Tuesday morning.

"This decision took me by surprise," Gomez said in a statement to El Nuevo Herald.

Lt. Miguel "Mike" Pérez was named as interim chief, said city spokeswoman Natalie French.

Gomez said he was summoned to a meeting with Acting Administrator Merret R. Stierheim, who presented him with two options: "Either you resign or you’re fired."

"I told him to fire me," said Gomez, adding that he asked the manager if he could collect his belongings from the police headquarters, a request which was denied. The fired chief also was stripped of his assigned vehicle.

"It was outrageous. Now what I want is to talk to my lawyer to see what steps I will take," he said.

During the election campaign for mayor of Doral, the winning candidate Luigi Boria said there would be a transition process that would include keeping Gomez and Administrator Yvonne Soler in their posts. However, last week, Soler negotiated her retirement and the city council appointed Stierheim in her place.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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