The chief of the Doral Police Department, Ricardo Gomez, was unexpectedly dismissed from his post on Tuesday morning.
"This decision took me by surprise," Gomez said in a statement to El Nuevo Herald.
Lt. Miguel "Mike" Pérez was named as interim chief, said city spokeswoman Natalie French.
Gomez said he was summoned to a meeting with Acting Administrator Merret R. Stierheim, who presented him with two options: "Either you resign or you’re fired."
"I told him to fire me," said Gomez, adding that he asked the manager if he could collect his belongings from the police headquarters, a request which was denied. The fired chief also was stripped of his assigned vehicle.
"It was outrageous. Now what I want is to talk to my lawyer to see what steps I will take," he said.
During the election campaign for mayor of Doral, the winning candidate Luigi Boria said there would be a transition process that would include keeping Gomez and Administrator Yvonne Soler in their posts. However, last week, Soler negotiated her retirement and the city council appointed Stierheim in her place.