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

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.”

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