Yesterday the City of Miami announced Art Acevedo as its new police chief. He will be succeeding Chief Jorge Colina who retired last month.
Acevedo’s resume includes Chief of Police of both Austin and Houston, and a ton of baggage:
Why Mayor Francis Suarez decided to go with an outside hire is beyond me. Was there absolutely nobody within the Miami Police Department who was qualified? Or was it a requirement that you had to be a controversial figure in order to be considered?
My simple-minded logic tells me that giving the position to somebody who’s been working the streets of Miami for years would be better equipped to handle the responsibilities of the job. But what do I know?
I think this is like getting the Tom Brady or Michael Jordan of police chiefs.
Huh? The worst things Tom Brady and Michael Jordan have done are deflate footballs and gamble too much (allegedly).
“I think this is like getting the Tom Brady or Michael Jordan Michael Vick of police chiefs.” Fixed it for ya, Mayor Suarez.
With Art, it’s like you’re getting a first-round draft choice — with experience. He’s outspoken and calls it like he sees it.
CHUCK WEXLER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POLICE EXECUTIVE RESEARCH FORUM
“Calls it like he sees it” used to be a good thing. To me, it used to be synonymous with honesty and fairness. Now it has become a euphemism for: ASSHOLE.
I’m hoping for the best, but Acevedo’s history doesn’t leave me with much optimism.