MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Deputy Chief Wayne Jones is expected to be officially appointed as the successor to current Police Chief Richard Clements. This historic decision would make Chief Jones the first Black police chief in the history of Miami Beach.

At 9 a.m., the announcement is scheduled to take place during Wednesday’s Miami Beach City Commission meeting at Miami Beach City Hall, located at 1700 Convention Center Drive.

“Chief Jones has demonstrated his commitment to excellent public service throughout his 27-year career with the Miami Beach Police Department,” City Manager Alina T. Hudak said in a news release. “He began as a patrol officer and gained the respect and admiration of his superiors and peers as he moved up through the ranks. I am confident he will build on MBPD’s legacy and take the department to the next level.”

Jones, who spent 27 years with the Miami Beach Police Department, worked his way up the ranks as he held every rank in multiple areas, including special operations, community affairs, internal affairs and criminal investigation to the esteemed position of deputy chief, which was appointed to him in 2019.

Upon the appointment, Clements, who has served the Miami Beach Police Department for 33 years, is anticipated to continue as an advisor to Jones until his retirement later this year. This seamless transition is expected to ensure guidance for the new police chief.

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