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Miami Beach deputy chief will return to Texas for top cop job

Miami Beach Deputy Police Chief Lauretta Hill was sworn in during a City Commission meeting September 2014.
Miami Beach Deputy Police Chief Lauretta Hill was sworn in during a City Commission meeting September 2014. Provided to the Miami Herald

Miami Beach’s deputy police chief, Lauretta Hill, the city’s first black deputy chief and its highest-ranking black officer, is resigning to take a job in Dallas near where she spent most of her career.

Hill has accepted a position as police commissioner for the Dallas County Community College District.

She joined the Beach in September 2014 after spending 20 years at the police department in Arlington, Texas. During her two decades with Arlington police, she moved up the ranks to the position of deputy chief and oversaw security for large events such as Super Bowl XLV in 2011 and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.

Hill, who grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, told the Miami Herald that a friend from “back home” sent her the job announcement.

“It’s an opportunity to lead a department, to reorganize, to be a change agent and to build something,” she said.

In Hill’s first job as head of a department, she will oversee a force of about 155 officers that work across a network of seven colleges in Dallas County.

Hill was Chief Dan Oates’ first hire after he was brought in to lead the force in June 2014.

She’ll be going back home to Texas, but she’ll miss South Florida.

“I’m going to miss my cafecito,” she said.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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