Miami-Dade Schools

Finalists to interview for Miami-Dade Schools police chief job

Four finalists will interview Friday to become the next chief of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department.

Of the nearly three dozen applicants who applied for the job, the four who made the district’s short list are: former North Miami Beach Police Chief Rafael Hernandez, Jr.; acting Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Gerald Kitchell; Miami Police Maj. Ian Moffett; and former Golden Beach Police Chief James Skinner.

The district began searching for a new chief in January after Chief Charles Hurley was reassigned as the district investigated sexual harassment allegations. Kitchell took over in May as acting chief for Hurley, who resigned last month.

The district’s police force has roughly 160 sworn members. The district advertised the chief’s job as paying up to $164,000.

A panel interviewing applicants could make a recommendation Friday to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on who should win the job. The chief will ultimately be appointed by the Miami-Dade School Board.

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