It wasn't uncommon for Miami Beach Police officers to work off-duty jobs as security at South Beach nightclubs. Or at least it wasn't until Sgt. Mike Muley allegedly showed up to such a gig drunk. He was suspended and new Police Chief Daniel Oates temporarily prohibited his officers from working as club security.
Now the department has confirmed that Muley has been officially fired.
"My action speaks for itself. This officer terribly embarrassed the Police Department and all his peers, as well as the entire City of Miami Beach, " Oates said in a brief statement.
The incident occurred back in July while Muley was working security at Mango's Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive. An anonymous tipster called police to tell them that Muley seemed tipsy. A midnight shift commander showed up on the scene, and Muley was in such bad shape that he was actually taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment. He was immediately relieved of duty and placed on suspension.
Between July 21, 2013 and July 21, 2014, Muley had made more than $10,000 working as off-duty club security. He and other cops were paid $38 an hour and $76 on holidays.
This also wasn't Muley's first brush with infamy. He was also involved in an incident in which on-duty officers showed up inebriated at the Clevelander and one officer, Derick Kuilan, decided to take a member of a bachelorette party on an early morning ATV ride on the beach. That officer ended up running over two people with the ATV.
Muley was Kuilan's direct supervisor that night. He was punished for failing to keep track of his officers and for lying on his timesheet. He showed up half an hour late that particular night. He was punished with an 80-hour suspension and a demotion.
Back in 2012, New Times also uncovered that at the time Muley was one of Miami Beach's highest paid public employees. He earned $161,882.17 that year, making him the 25th highest paid employee of the city.
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