Miami Beach

Miami Beach deputy police chief takes over top spot in neighboring Bal Harbour

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Beach Deputy Police Chief Mark Overton has accepted the chief-of-police job in the tiny seaside village of Bal Harbour.

“I feel honored to be selected to be the chief over there in that community, and I look forward to enhancing the level of service they receive,” Overton said.

The offer and benefits still need to be formally written up before becoming official. He likely will take over the department at the beginning of 2014.

Overton recently joined Miami Beach as the second-in-command after retiring from his position as chief of police in Hialeah, where he had served for almost 30 years.

Village manager Jorge Gonzalez said about five candidates were interviewed, and Overton was unanimously chosen for the position. Gonzalez, the former city manager of Miami Beach, said Overton has the right mix of experience for the job.

“He has the experience of being the chief. He’s young enough in his career that he has passion for the profession,” Gonzalez said.

Bal Harbour has been without a police chief since Thomas Hunker was fired in March 2013 amid allegation the department misspent federal forfeiture money.

“The officers are all professionals. I’m sure that they’re anxious to get any of that negativity behind them,” Overton said. “I’m just going to come in and do what I always do, which is work hard.”

Read more Miami Beach stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK