I have not been able to confirm if Ray Atesiano was ever with the LAPD, but I was advised that he did work for the police departments of Hialeah, Sunny Isles Beach and, most recently, the Village of Biscayne Park as its Chief.
In response to the LeoAffairs comments, North Miami Beach City Manager Ana Garcia told me that Atesiano was hired by Frank Spence, the Village Manager at the time, and that he was eventually promoted to replace a retiring Chief. About the investigation now pending, Garcia also noted, “If he did anything so wrong and so criminal, he will pay his dues.” She also defended her choice of J. Scott Dennis as Chief of the NMBPD, stating “I truly believe [him] to be a great fit for our City.”
I’ve already noted previously that Ray Atesiano has applied for a position at the North Miami Beach Police Department, although I have no idea which position. I also have no idea if he is being considered as a serious candidate.
As for the vacancy he left behind in Biscayne Park, the position of Police Chief was advertised on the Police Career Finder website last week, but the advertisement has since been pulled.
I could be wrong, but considering that the starting salary for the Biscayne Park Chief of Police was only about $64,000.00, I’d venture a guess that the Village couldn’t afford to run the ad again.
Since Ray Atesiano now needs a job, he’s obviously hoping to be hired by the NMBPD. I get the impression that some of our officers are not too happy about the possibility, but some also believe his chances are slim considering the baggage he’s bringing with him.
So, as a public service, I thought I’d let Mr. Atesiano know that other local police departments are also hiring:
- The City of Fort Lauderdale (Non-Certified)
- The City of Miramar
- The City of Hollywood
- The City of Miami Springs
- The Town of Davie (Non-Certified)
Sweetwater does not appear to be hiring right now.
“Spreading the Wealth”