MIAMI (KXAN/NBC 6) — After only six months in the role, Miami’s city manager on Monday suspended Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo with the goal of firing him.
NBC 6 in Miami reports City Manager Art Noriega said Acevedo’s relationship with the police department and community has “deteriorated beyond repair,” and he’s “not the right fit” for them.
Noriega said it’s time to search for someone new to lead the department.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he supported the city manager’s decision, calling it “the beginning of the end of an unfortunate episode for our city.”
“While it is clear that Chief Acevedo has the qualifications and the experience to be an effective chief of police, it is also obvious that his personality and leadership style are incompatible with the structure of our city’s government,” Suarez told reporters.
NBC 6 reported recently that Acevedo has been in a feud with city commissioners after he accused some of them of meddling in the department.
“The status quo where a top city administrator is at war with the city’s elected leadership is simply untenable and unsustainable,” the mayor said. “This dynamic was unforeseeable, and while Chief Acevedo ended up not being a good fit for our city, I certainly wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Suarez said Tuesday that Acevedo accepted a request for a formal hearing to hold onto his job. The mayor said that hearing could possibly happen as early as Friday.
Acevedo served as police chief in Houston for more than four years before taking the Miami job. Before that, he served as Austin’s police chief for nearly a decade.