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Delrish Moss isn't going anywhere -- but he now has a lot more responsibility.

The Miami police spokesman was promoted Friday from detective to senior executive assistant to the chief. That means he'll be commanding the department's well-regarded Public Information Office, which serves as the liaison to reporters.

"He really is an institution in the city of Miami, and the department," Miami Chief John Timoney said.

The popular and personable Moss takes over for recently retired Lt. Bill Schwartz. Moss, a former homicide detective, has been with PIO since 1996.

His popularity with the media was evident Friday: All the major TV stations covered his promotion.

Moss will now be bringing into at least two new officers to serve as spokespeople.

That's because Office Martha Carbana, who joined PIO a year-and-a-half ago, has been promoted to sergeant. Meticulous and dependable, she'll be working afternoon shifts in Little Havana for now.

Also promoted to sergeant: Roman Sarria, Katherine Baker, Roman Sarria and Mario de lo Santos, a former homicide detective who says he hopes to return to the unit. Another homicide investigator, midnight-shift sergeant Luis Melancon, has been promoted to lieutenant.


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