Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates to Retire in June

Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates will be retiring in June, he announced Friday.

Oates tweeted out a letter he sent to Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales announcing his retirement when his five-year contract ends.

“It’s been a great experience working for you and with your leadership team, but it finally feels right to end my 38-year career in law enforcement,” Oates wrote.

Oates came to Miami Beach in 2014, after working as an officer in New York and as police chief in Aurora, Colorado.

Oates, a former Eagle Scout and newspaper reporter, joined the New York City Police Department in 1980 where he worked for 21 years. He became head of the intelligence division, picking up a law degree along the way. He was named chief of the Ann Arbor, Mich. Police Department in 2001, then Aurora chief in 2005.

Oates was chief in Aurora when a gunman killed 12 people in a mass shooting in a movie theater during a late night showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”