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North Miami Beach police chief retires after three decades of law enforcement service

Christie Baptiste, 11, Kenold Ordenat, 9, and Nae’kia Lawrence, 9, are sworn in as Junior Police Chiefs For a Day by Police Chief Scott Dennis in May 2015.
Christie Baptiste, 11, Kenold Ordenat, 9, and Nae’kia Lawrence, 9, are sworn in as Junior Police Chiefs For a Day by Police Chief Scott Dennis in May 2015. Miami Herald file

Police Chief Scott Dennis is no longer North Miami Beach’s top cop.

After three decades of working in South Florida law enforcement and two years as chief in North Miami Beach, Dennis retired last week and was honored Monday, Sept. 21.

Deputy Chief William Hernandez, who has also served in South Florida law enforcement for many years, has been named interim chief by City Manager Ana M. Garcia.

“Chief Dennis led the North Miami Beach Police Department for nearly two years as he wrapped up a South Florida law enforcement career spanning three decades,” said spokeswoman Nicole Gomez, in a statement.

“[The] city manager thanks Chief Dennis for his tireless efforts on behalf of public safety and extends best wishes to the retiring chief and his family.”

The city manager is considering setting up a board that would help the process of the selection of North Miami Beach’s permanent police chief. It’s unclear whether the search will be internal or external.

Until Garcia chooses a chief, Hernandez will spearhead the police department “focusing on the goals of the city’s strategic plan relating to public safety and the opportunity to recruit and retain the best law enforcement officers in South Florida,” Gomez said.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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