Opa-locka police chief fired
Posted on Wed, Jan. 23, 2008
By ROBERT SAMUELS
Opa-locka Police Chief James Wright's department has been in turmoil since December.
Opa-locka's police chief, hired by the city in 2005 to bring order to a disorganized department, was fired Tuesday.
In a letter delivered to Police Chief James Wright, City Manager Jannie Beverly said she was terminating his contract ``for many reasons, which I will not detail here.''
''I recognize that you have done many good things during your tenure as chief of police, and I appreciate all of the positive things that you have done,'' Beverly said. ``Nonetheless, for many reasons, I have decided that it is time for the city to move in a different direction.''
Wright's department has been in turmoil since December. At least three police officers have filed complaints with the city about his management style. One of them is the daughter of City Commissioner Gail Miller. Wright filed a complaint to the Miami-Dade's Ethics Trust saying Miller left a voice mail on his cellphone threatening him for reprimanding her daughter. [More...]