AURORA, Colo. - Police Chief Dan Oates is ending his tenure in Aurora.
Oates' last day is Friday. He is heading to the Miami Beach to head that south Florida city's police department.
Oates joined the Aurora department in November 2005 after being the chief in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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, 57, is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New York, and New Jersey.
Oates received high praise for his department's quick response to the Aurora theater shootings in July 2012.
Aurora officials are conducting a national search and hope to have a permanent police chief by the end of the year or in early 2015.
Deputy Police Chief Terry Jones will take over as interim chief.