UPDATE x2 - CBS4 in Miami reports: A police chief from Colorado has been named Miami Beach Police Chief following Raymond Martinez’s resignation last week after he was appointed chief of security for Ultra Music Festival.
Dan Oates, the police chief in Aurora, Colorado, was first reported by Random Pixels to have been at the top of the list of veteran cops to possibly acquire the role as Miami Beach’s next police chief.
CBS4’s Jim DeFede confirmed with Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine Tuesday night that Oates, who is also an attorney, was chosen by city manager Jimmy Morales.
UPDATE x1 - CBS4 in Denver reports: Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates has advised his bosses that he has applied for a job as a police chief in South Florida.
“I can confirm that he applied,” Aurora City Manager Skip Noe told CBS4 Tuesday afternoon.
Noe said Oates was being considered for a Chief’s job in the Miami area but he wasn’t sure what department.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine makes no secret of his dislike for the way his city's police department is run.
In an interview with WLRN shortly after his election last November, Levine said: "Clearly the residents are very concerned about the police. The internal issue we have is a cultural one within the police department. We’ve had too many incidents and of course the New York Times and CNN have reported on them, and frankly that’s not good for business and it’s not good for residents."
Last March, after Police Chief Ray Martinez announced his decision to retire effective this month, Levine was finally given a chance to remake Miami Beach's police department by selecting what he likes to call "a world-class police chief."
Sources at City Hall are telling Random Pixels that Levine, and City Manager Jimmy Morales, may be close to picking a new chief.
Several city hall insiders tell me that Dan Oates, the current police chief in Aurora, Colorado, is at the top of the list of veteran cops who are vying to become Miami Beach's next police chief.
Oates was thrust into the national spotlight in July 2012 after a heavily armed gunman went on a bloody shooting rampage inside a movie theater in Aurora, killing 12 people, and injuring 59.
Oates' first job after graduating from Bucknell University with an English degree was as a newspaper reporter in Atlantic City, N.J.
Oates began his law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department, joining in 1980 after hearing an ad on the radio.
According to a July 20, 2012 New York Daily News story, Oates graduated from New York Law School and "also holds a master of science degree from New York University — finish[ing] his 21-year career with the NYPD in 2001 as the commanding officer of the department’s Intelligence Division. He is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Colorado."
The Daily News story quoted a retired NYPD official as describing Oates as a “very cerebral guy, an academic.”