There is no probable cause that Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin improperly interfered in the city’s process to hire a police chief, according to a decision released Thursday by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.
The commission also found no probable cause that Tobin was “improperly involved in extending the application period for the Miami Beach Police Department or that he attempted to expedite the hiring of one individual by the MBPD,” according to the ethics commission.
Nevertheless, Tobin will be issued a letter of instruction “regarding an elected official’s role in the hiring process,” according to a statement emailed by the commission.
Miami Beach Police Maj. Angel Vazquez filed the complaint that prompted the ethics commission to investigate. Vazquez claimed that Tobin “used his official position to influence and secure special privileges” for Tom Hunker, who was in the running to become the Beach’s police chief. Hunker was the chief of Bal Harbour at the time. Vazquez had also accused Tobin of extending the application deadline for police recruits to apply for positions in the police department.
Tobin had denied the allegations. He did not immediately return a call for comment on Thursday.
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