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Miami Beach commissioners approve new fire chief

Hollywood Fire Chief Virgil Fernandez is officially taking his talents to South Beach — and Mid Beach and North Beach.

Fernandez’s appointment as Miami Beach fire chief and marshal was confirmed by City Commissioners on Wednesday.

City Manager Jimmy Morales had recommended Fernandez for the position in late January. Fernandez will take over for current chief Javier Otero, who will step down to become a captain again.

Otero joined the city’s deferred retirement plan in September 2012. So his last day with the department will be in August 2017.

Fernandez is expected to start in his new position on the 24. A city spokeswoman said Fernandez was offered $180,645 annually. The range is $126,000 to $204,000. Otero made about $181,000.

Fernandez had applied to become Miami Beach’s top fire official the last time the department needed a chief, in 2012. He was the runner-up for the spot.

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