MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Police Department has fired Deputy Chief Ronald Papier and his wife, Commander Nerly Papier.

According to a statement by police, the termination is in connection “to their involvement in a non-injury vehicular crash and the administrative handling of the crash.”

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The couple was relieved of duty, with pay, on April 23, 2021, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

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Ronald Paper has been deputy chief of police for more than three and a half years. He was interim police chief after Jorge Colina retired and was one of the department’s top candidates to replace him.

Commander Nerly Papier, who was featured in a recent CBSMiami report during Women’s History Month in March, began her career with the Miami Police Department as a civilian temp employee. She later became a secretary and then a police officer. Six years later, she was promoted to sergeant. Over the years she continued moving up in the ranks to lieutenant and later to her current rank as commander.

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Ronald Papier returned to deputy chief duties after Art Acevedo from Houston was hired to be the city’s top cop. During his swearing-in ceremony, Acevedo promised to rid the Miami PD of bad and undisciplined cops and deal with bad policing head on. Team