Beach expected to approve new police chief on Wednesday

04/29/2014 10:33 AM

04/29/2014 1:51 PM

Miami Beach commissioners on Wednesday will vote on whether to confirm the city manager’s nominee to be the city’s next police chief.

Dan Oates is widely expected to receive confirmation for the post. As the chief of Aurora, Colo., Oates received acclaim for leading city’s police department in the wake of the mass shooting at a movie theater there — even earning the praise of President Barack Obama.

Oates, 59, has declined to comment on his nomination to lead the Beach’s police department, but he made brief remarks on Tuesday at a meeting of a community group. Mayor Philip Levine introduced Oates to the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club, a group that organizes talks by local leaders.

“I can’t wait to get here. I feel so humbled and honored,” Oates said at the meeting. “I understand this is quite a group.”

Miami Beach is looking for a new police chief after the current top cop, Raymond Martinez, announced his early retirement last month.

The commission will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

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