The search for Acting Chief Vivian Monroe's successor as the head of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools police is well under way. After receiving 38 applications, Nelson Perez, the administrator who supervises the police department, winnowed the list down to 22. A search committee interviewed those applicants in person on March 2.
The new chief will receive a salary as much as $24,000 per year higher than the $89,000 Vivian Monroe earned as chief (and will continue to earn as head of the special investigations unit).
Quite a challenge awaits this successor. "We need the new chief to try to solidify the rank and file of our police department," says deputy superintendent of schools Henry Fraind. "This police chief must get the men and women of that police department to find a common thread, so they can achieve an esprit de corps. We've got some problems: There's low morale and enough internal strife that we want corrected."
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