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North Miami police chief officially resigns from his $129,750 post

 

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North Miami Police Chief Marc Elias officially submitted his resignation letter Friday, three days after the city said he resigned.

Although a press release from the city on Tuesday said Elias and City Manager Stephen Johnson agreed to an “amicable conclusion to his service,’’ Elias was unable to submit his letter Tuesday because he was hospitalized due to chest pains.

“My decision to resign was finalized after a long and careful consideration of many factors,’’ Elias said in his letter. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the men and women of this department in reducing crime during my tenure.’’

As chief, Elias came under fire for traveling to Haiti seven times since April 2012, charging the city each time for a total of $14,000. The city used funds from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, money seized from criminals, to pay for the trips. Police agencies typically use these funds for training, equipment or crime prevention.

In November, the city ordered Elias to repay $3,000 for his August trip, as he did not have the documentation to warrant reimbursement by the city, Johnson said. Elias, who is Haitian American, contended he went to Haiti to provide security for Mayor Lucie Tondreau, who was on a private vacation, and to teach Haitian police about community policing over a two-week period.

Elias joined the department in 2010 as assistant police chief. In 2011 he was promoted to police chief. His most recent annual salary was $129,750.

The city named Assistant Chief Lenny Burgess as acting chief.

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