Miami-Dade County

50 apply to be Miami’s next top cop

The deadline to apply to become Miami’s next police chief closed Friday, with 50 current and former police officials, federal agents and security consultants hoping to lead the city’s 1,100-officer police force.

Police chiefs and brass as far flung as Seattle, Detroit and San Antonio applied. So did Broward County Schools’ former police chief and at least a half dozen internal candidates, including the city’s deputy chief, two assistant chiefs, two majors and the commander of internal affairs.

They’re all angling for the post being vacated by current Chief Manuel Orosa, who is in the city’s police pension Deferred Retirement Option Program and must leave his post at the end of the year. The job pays up to $190,000 a year plus benefits, according to the city.

The choice for Orosa’s replacement will be made by City Manager Daniel Alfonso, who expects to name a new chief before Thanksgiving. Alfonso said the city’s human resources department will get to work weeding out unqualified candidates and then a committee will score the resumes of the remaining applicants.

The top eight candidates will be interviewed by a second group, who will then send the final three candidates to Alfonso for final interviews.

City commissioners don’t have a say in who gets hired. But they have told Alfonso the performance of the next chief will reflect deeply on his job as manager. Alfonso said Friday afternoon that he hadn’t seen the list of applicants yet.

He has said the multi-cultural city is looking for a chief that understands how to police a diverse community. Internal candidates have the inside track in the case of a toss-up.