DORAL

Doral Police Chief Richard Blom fires 4 top officers

 

eflor@ElNuevoHerald.com

Four high-ranking Doral police officers — including a former interim police chief — were fired on Monday as part of the department’s reorganizational process, city sources said.

Doral Mayor Luigi Boria said Monday afternoon that he supported Police Chief Richard Blom’s decisions.

“These measures are focused on the improvement of security in our community,” Boria said.

Blom said he had taken two months to evaluate and become familiar with the department and had decided that he needed to make some immediate changes

Among those fired was the former interim chief, Mike Pérez, who told El Nuevo that his dismissal came as a surprise. He spoke outside the police building while being escorted by an agent who helped him carry his personal belongings to his pickup truck.

Others who lost their jobs were:

• Lt. Carlos Alfaro, who commanded the general investigations unit, which is in charge of burglaries of homes, businesses and vehicles.

•  Sgt. Rafael Gracia, who had previously commanded the homicide unit at the Hialeah Police Department.

• Sgt. George Gulla, who was in charge of internal affairs.

A city source said the officers have until Tuesday afternoon to appeal the firings, although the source added that Pérez had submitted his resignation.

Pérez was a police captain in Hialeah until the middle of the last decade. In December, he became Doral’s interim police chief after Ricardo “Ricky” Gomez was fired.

One month later, Blom was named chief after a national search that attracted 90 candidates.

Blom’s hiring disappointed Pérez, but he said at the time that he would continue “working and serving the community with my best attitude and giving my full support to the new chief.” Until Sunday, Pérez served as a lieutenant, supervising patrols in the morning shift.

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