Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo is out of a job after the City Commission voted unanimously to remove him from his position on Thursday, CNN reports.
According to the report, Acevedo was suspended on Monday by City Manager Arthur Noriega until the commission made the judgment to terminate him.
“The judgment came at the end of a nearly five-hour-long hearing during which Noriega’s attorney called four witnesses to testify against the chief, including Human Resources Director Angela Roberts, Assistant Police Chief Armando Aguilar, Noriega and Interim Police Chief Manny Morales,” CNN reported.
According to CNN, Noriega said Acevedo had lost the confidence of officers as well as the executive staff after three incidents in which Acevedo appeared to support a Covid-19 vaccination mandate for officers.
“Relationships between employers and employees come down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization,” Noriega said in his statement. “It is now time to move forward with the search for new leadership at MPD.”
Acevedo’s attorney, John Byrne, said the proceedings were “already preordained,” arguing that “this is not a fair setting.” The chief’s defense team did not call any witnesses because they were denied a request for a continuance until Monday to prepare for the hearing, Byrne said.