Just six months after leaving Houston for South Florida, Art Acevedo is on his way out as Miami’s police chief.
City Manager Art Noriega announced Monday night that he was suspending Acevedo with the intent of terminating his employment, saying the chief’s relationship with his department and the community “has deteriorated beyond repair,” Local10 reports.
“This was a difficult decision, and it marks the beginning of the end of an unfortunate episode for our city,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, backing Noriega’s handling of the situation.
The move comes as Acevedo and three city commissioners have had a very public feud in recent weeks. Commissioners Joe Carollo, Manolo Reyes, and Alex Díaz de la Portilla made it clear they wanted the chief off the job.
In a two-page letter Monday, Noriega outlined eight reasons for Acevedo’s dismissal, including losing the trust of some officers, offending members of the community by using the term “Cuban Mafia,” and failing to report damage to his city vehicle in a timely manner.