After reviewing and scoring applications, the city of Miami Springs released a list Thursday afternoon of 10 finalists for the job of police chief.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
▪ Richard M. Blom, former Doral police chief, 33 years’ experience.
▪ Thomas W. Cannon, former Miami assistant police chief, 28 years’ experience.
▪ Armando A. Guzman, public safety chief, Miami Dade College, 30 years’ experience.
▪ Rafael Hernandez Jr., an investigator with the Miami-Dade State Attorneys’ Office, 40 years’ experience.
▪ Orlando G. Martinez de Castro, former South Miami police chief, 39 years’ experience,
▪ Carlos Noriega, retired Miami Beach police chief, 28 years’ experience.
▪ James V. Somohano, former Hialeah police major, 30 years’ experience.
▪ Van Toth, Hialeah Gardens police chief, 21 years’ experience.
▪ Dennis Louis Weiner, former Coral Gables police chief, 19 years’ experience.
▪ Lisa G. Womack, law-enforcement consultant, 17 years’ experience.
The deadline to apply to become Miami Springs’ next police chief was Sept. 30. A total of 97 current and former police officials, federal agents and security consultants applied to lead the city’s 42-officer police force.
One of the 10 finalists will fill the post being vacated by current Chief Peter Baan, who is in the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program and must leave his post at the end of the year. Baan, who earned $137,970, last year, has been with the Miami Springs Police Department since 1974. He will receive an $11,000-a-month pension benefit.
The new police chief’s will earn up to $114,406 a year, plus benefits, according to the city, and will be responsible for overseeing a department with 42 officers and a budget of nearly $6 million.
Some of the requirements for the chief’s slot, according to the revised job posting, include: a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, criminology, or a related field; seven years of “progressively responsible” experience; and passing a “rigorous” background check.
The city has stipulated a preference for a Spanish-speaking candidate.
Next, a panel will interview each applicant on Oct. 21 at City Hall.
Shortly thereafter, the human resources department will send the names of the top four candidates to City Manager Ron Gorland, who will make the final decision.
A final selection is expected during the week of Dec. 1.