You know the good news/bad news drill.
The bad news is that two of North Miami Police veteran officers won’t be able to give Kimmie the Key Holder a ride-along, a handcuffing or a Mickey D’s cheezburger in the future.
The good news is that both of them got swell new jobs at the Opa-locka Police Department.
The bad news is that those jobs don’t exist.
The good news (for the Gadfly, anyway) is that North Miami Beach’s former-former-FIRED city manager Kelvin Baker is embroiled in yet another scandal.
The bad news is that two good cops are now unemployed.
The good news is… oh, never mind.
Here’s the story:
According to a just published Miami Herald article, Opa-locka has new police chief – or does it?, North Miami Commander Jeffrey Key and Officer Peter Cruz claim that Mr. Baker offered them the positions of Opa-locka Police Chief and Deputy Chief, respectively. They were ostensibly hired to replace outgoing Chief Cheryl Cason and Deputy Chief Antonio Sanchez.
Only one problem.
Cason and Sanchez aren’t going anywhere.
Baker swears up and down that Key and Cruz were mistaken and that the jobs he offered to them were nothing but “rumors.”
Two veteran cops made major life changing decisions based on RUMORS? Sorry, but I DON’T FREAKING THINK SO!
Then again, rumor had it that former-former-FIRED city manager Kelvin Baker was competent to run the City of North Miami Beach when he was hired for that job. We all know how well that worked out. I wonder if the Opa-locka city council members are beginning to rethink their decision, too.
Commander Key and Officer Cruz should thank their lucky stars they aren’t going to work under Baker. As far as I’m concerned, they dodged a bullet big time. Hopefully, NMPD Chief Marc Elias will consider reinstating them if they want their jobs back.
(Note to NMB City Manager Roz and Police Chief Gomer: If North Miami doesn’t want them, can we have them? Pretty please?)
“Spreading the Wealth”