MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade has a new top cop.
On Tuesday, Juan Perez was sworn in by Mayor Carlos Gimenz and became the county’s police director. Perez replaces J.D. Patterson who retired from the department.READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Investigate Possible Shooting On Collins Avenue
Perez is a 25 year veteran of the Miami-Dade police department.READ MORE: Residents Of Coral Gables Building Given 72 Hours To Vacate Over Structural Concerns
Prior to being appointed director, Perez held the position of Deputy Director and oversaw the activities of two major branches; Investigative and Police Services, as well as the activities of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, and the Strategic Planning and Development Section.
During his career, Perez has served as a supervisor in Police Services, Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security and Robbery division, according to the department’s website. Before be named a deputy director, Perez was Chief in the Police Services’ for the department’s South Operations Division.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida
Perez is a graduate of Saint Thomas University.