AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates has been selected as the sole candidate by Miami Beach, Fla., as its new police chief but the official announcement has not been made.
CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia confirmed the news Tuesday night.
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales also confirmed his intention to appoint Oates, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night. The appointment is subject to approval from the mayor and police commission after they meet with Oates.
Oates is expected to leave Aurora by mid-June, sources told Ferrugia.
Oates was chief during the worst mass shooting in Aurora history. In July 2012, a gunman opened fire inside a packed theater at the Century 16, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.
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.
Miami Beach has a population of 90,000, compared to Aurora's 340,000 population.