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Miami Beach hires police veteran


John Buhrmaster, a longtime Miami cop and former Miami city manager’s chief of staff, is now the No. 2 with Miami Beach Police.

The 63-year-old was promoted Thursday to deputy chief, replacing Mark Overton, who left to helm the Bal Harbour police department. He’ll serve as the deputy under Chief Raymond Martinez, himself a former Miami police officer.

“It’s exciting. It’s a big responsibility, but it’s a challenge I’m willing and able to accept,” Buhrmaster said.

Buhrmaster spent 38 years with Miami Police, most of the time in the homicide unit, where he served as a supervisor for six years before he was demoted under former Chief Miguel Exposito in 2009. At the time, the move was seen as payback because of his ties to ex-Miami Chief and City Manager Donald Warshaw, a one-time foe of Exposito.

Under current Miami Police chief Manuel Orosa, Buhrmaster returned briefly to the homicide unit before retiring. He joined Miami Beach police, as the deputy commander of internal affairs, in December 2012.

His promotion comes at a time of political change in Miami Beach, with Mayor Philip Levine having recently taken office.