(Miami, FL) — The city of Miami has suspended Police Chief Art Acevedo who has only been on the job for six months.
The city manager, Art Noriega, says he intends to fire him.
Acevedo was hired earlier this year from Houston, but Noriega says Acevedo has never assimilated or fit in with the police department or the community.
He says the relationships have deteriorated beyond repair.
Acevedo and several Miami City Commissioners have had a very public feud leading to several commissioners to call for his head.
In turn, Acevedo accused city hall of interfering with police work.
City Manager Art Noriega released this statement:
“Today, I suspended Police Chief Art Acevedo with the intent to terminate his employment, consistent with the City Charter.
The relationship between the Chief and the organization has become untenable and needed to be resolved promptly. In particular, the relationship between the Chief and the Police Department he leads – as well as with the community – has deteriorated beyond repair. Relationships between employers and employees come down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.
It is now time to move forward with the search for new leadership at MPD. Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will be appointed as interim chief as the City engages in the search for a permanent replacement.”
Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will act as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.