Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates formally hired by Miami Beach

AURORA, Colo - Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, who oversaw the department during the 2012 Century 16 theater shootings, has been hired as the Miami Beach Police Chief.

ABC News affiliate WPLG TV reported the city commission in Miami Beach, Florida, voted unanimously to hire Oates.



"There's a lot to be done. I need to learn the city. I need to learn the community and learn the issues and I need the help of the entire community," Oates said. "I know that fundamentally (the Miami Beach Police Department) is a very sound organization and it needs some image work and leadership. With the help of everyone in the community, I think we can get there."

7NEWS Investigator John Ferrugia earlier reported that Oates was expected to remain in his Aurora job until mid-June.

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Oates was appointed as Aurora's police chief on Nov. 28, 2005.

Prior to his appointment in Aurora, Oates served for four years as Chief of Police and Safety Services Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Oates served for 21 years in the New York Police Department,  finishing his NYPD career as a Deputy Chief and the Executive Officer and second-in-command of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, where he supervised 3,000 patrol officers and 700 civilians and was responsible for all patrol services for 1.4 million residents in the City’s largest borough. 

Oates is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New York, and New Jersey.

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