In a press release, Mr. Spring stated:
“While the selection process was completed internally, and all applicants had overall credentials, Chief Eugene’s experience, knowledge, and perspective on community policing stood out the most. I have full confidence that Chief Eugene will continue to move the department forward and I am pleased to be working alongside a former colleague from the City of Miami.”
In addition to an impressive resume, which includes an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Barry University, and a dual Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work from Florida International University, Chief Eugene also brings more than thirty years’ experience in law enforcement to the table.
North Miami’s newest Police Chief is also a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute (S.P.I.) in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Senior Management Institute of Police (S.M.I.P.) from Harvard University.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Gary Eugene also earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical Institute of Engineering in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing from Lindsey Hopkins Technical School in Miami, Florida.
Chief Eugene began his career in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer in the City of Miami in 1985, and retired from that department as a Police Major on June 29, 2012. He then was hired by the North Miami Police Department in 2013 as a staff coordinator, was promoted to Assistant Chief in December of 2014, and then to Interim Chief of Police last month in the wake of the abrupt resignation of his predecessor, Leonard Burgess.
City Manager Larry Spring’s decision to appoint Gary Eugene as the permanent Chief of Police signals a new era of high standards and professionalism for the North Miami Police Department. North Miami residents will finally receive the police protection that they deserve.
Congratulations, Police Chief Gary Eugene!
“Spreading the Wealth”