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Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin withdraws application to be city cop

Miami Beach City Commissioner Ed Tobin runs with Miami police cadets in 2011. Tobin, a 52-year-old lawyer, graduated the academy and had applied to become a Miami Beach cop. On Tuesday, he withdrew his application.
Miami Beach City Commissioner Ed Tobin runs with Miami police cadets in 2011. Tobin, a 52-year-old lawyer, graduated the academy and had applied to become a Miami Beach cop. On Tuesday, he withdrew his application. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

After he asked fellow Miami Beach commissioners to waive a city rule and allow him to apply for an entry-level position with Miami Beach Police, Commissioner Ed Tobin withdrew his application Tuesday.

He announced the move in a short letter to the city’s human resources department.

“Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to withdraw my application for the position of Police Officer,” Tobin wrote.

Tobin, 53, told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that he made the choice “in the best interest of me and my family.”

But sources in City Hall said he failed a key ethics question during an oral interview, which put his application in jeopardy.

Beach police spokeswoman Det. Vivian Thayer said Police Chief Dan Oates would not comment on anyone’s application because the department is going through the process with other candidates.

Tobin said he did not want to discuss the specifics of any of the interview questions to protect the application process.

“As tempting as it is, I think it would spoil the integrity of the process, and I love their process,” he said.

He insisted all of his answers in the interview were in line with state law and department rules.

“I’m confident that [the police department] would confirm that any answer I gave was detailed with the current state of Florida law, as well as the current standard operating procedures as written for the police department,” he said.

Tobin’s unexpected move comes after years of expressing his desire to one day be a cop. He completed the police academy in Miami in 2011, which he later called the “best six months of my life.” He’s done other police training programs. He often refers to a picture of himself in a Miami Beach police uniform from his teenager years in the department’s Police Explorers Program.

At the end of October, Tobin asked his commission colleagues to waive a rule that requires elected officials to wait two years before applying for work with Miami Beach. He got that waiver and then applied, saying he was prepared to resign from the commission if he was offered a police job. For weeks, he’d been saying he was eager to know whether he’d be hired for his dream job.

He backed away from that dream on Tuesday, though he said that he felt he performed well during the application process.

“I thought it was certainly a challenging process, but I thought I did well.”

He did not rule out applying again in the future, but he said he might be looking into another opportunity, which he did not want to discuss.

“I have something else I’m looking into, which I can’t get into,” he said.

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