Half of Miami Beach's Best-Paid Employees Are Cops, Including Three Suspended Last Year

Categories: Crime, Politicks

In 2010, a Miami New Times investigation revealed that more than half the cops in Miami Beach made six figures a year, and some racked up more than $200,000. What's more, some of the highest-paid officers had some of the worst records.

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Two years later, not much has changed. Riptide obtained a list of the 25 highest-paid city employees on the Beach for the past year, and more than half are police officers. Worse, three of the cops on the list recently have been suspended or demoted -- one for recklessly speeding over the sand on South Beach past shocked tourists, and the other two for neglecting duties while their subordinates went on a drunken ATV joyride.

"There is no leadership in this police department," city Commissioner Ed Tobin says. "These huge overtime payouts have been encouraged and condoned by this department for years."

Chief Ray Martinez, though, points out that Beach cops deal with more large-scale events than any other department, from Art Basel to Memorial Day weekend, which means more overtime hours.

"I'd rather not see any officers on this list, but it's the nature of the beast," he says. "Miami Beach is different than a lot of other communities."

The records show that between August 2011 and last month, 13 cops were among the 25 highest-paid city employees. Two made more than Martinez or City Manager Kathie Brooks, with Sgt. Hyok Chong topping out at $190,836.20 in salary, overtime, and off-duty work.

Also on the list are Sgt. Jerome Berrian at 16th (with $172,208.62) and Sgt. Michael Muley at 25th (with $161,882.17). Berrian and Muley were both demoted last October after a Miami Beach cop ran over a tourist during a drunken on-duty ATV ride.

Berrian was supposed to be supervising that cop but showed up late for his shift after saying he was "at a party," spent hours in the bathroom, and then falsified his time sheets. Muley, another supervisor, also showed up late and lied on his time sheets.

Dominguez, meanwhile, ranked 22nd (with $163,031.84). The cop, who had been reprimanded in years past after nearly killing four motocyclists on the highway, was suspended in March after a video uploaded to YouTube showed his cruiser catching air as it flew down the sand along Ocean Drive.

Here's the full list of the Beach's highest-paid workers for the past year:

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Wonder what kind of account auditing goes on ... Hey, I just worked 8hrs overtime Sarge.. nudge nudge, sign here and I'll be sure and spring for lunch next week.  Or... they could be hard working dedicated professionals who sacrifice their health,safety,wellness and family life working 18hrs a day so lazy slobs can sit at their keyboard and badmouth them every chance they get. without the same benefit of the doubt afforded the drug dealers and hard core violent criminals they spend their lives chasing down.... you decide infidels... you decide.



Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Another reason ,out of the many why the public hates cops


And they say crime doesn't pay ? Just make sure you're on the right side of the law and it's quite a paycheck. Dangerous work though.

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

Honestly, I don't mind paying cops a lot of money as long as they do a good job and keep the neighborhood safe and happy. It's an insanely difficult and sucky job. But at the same time I think that any fines or penalties for breaking laws should be automatically doubled if you are a cop committing a crime.

Barbara Salazar
Barbara Salazar

corrupt as always Miami is full of corruption never going to end

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