Meet Chief
James Reyes

Chief James Reyes' story begins with a journey for freedom,

escaping the grips of communism in Cuba to find a new home in Hialeah, Florida.

His family’s pursuit of the American Dream laid the foundation for his deep-rooted commitment to duty, service, and community. Those values drive his dedication to public safety and neighborhood safety.

With 25 years of unwavering commitment to public safety, James Reyes has risen through the ranks to become a well-respected leader in the law enforcement community. As the current Chief of Public Safety in Miami-Dade, he oversees a diverse array of critical departments, including Miami-Dade Police, Fire Rescue, and Corrections.

As a forward thinking law enforcement leader, James Reyes spearheaded significant projects in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Prior to becoming Miami-Dade’s Chief of Public Safety, James served in the Broward Sheriff’s office for 22 years, spearheading Broward County’s first Real Time Crime Center and the inaugural Research, Development, and Training Center in Broward Sheriff’s Office history. Under his leadership in Miami-Dade, the Miami Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department achieved substantial compliance with Department of Justice requirements for the first time in over a decade, a testament to his ability to effect positive change.

James’ career is a reflection of his unwavering commitment to the values of inclusive leadership. Recognized for his leadership and promotion of diversity, he understands that public service organizations should mirror the community they serve. His accomplishments in this area are highlighted by the “Bravo Award” from the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.

As Miami-Dade County faces the critical decision of electing its first Sheriff in over sixty years, James has the experience, vision, and values to lead. His dedication to enhancing law enforcement strategies, building public trust, and ensuring community safety are just some of his core values.

James has lived in South Florida since his family fled Cuba in the late 1970s. A proud product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System, Reyes attended and graduated from John G. Dupuis Elementary, Palm Springs Middle, and Hialeah High School, before attending Barry University. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children-Lisandro, Alejandro, and Catalina-who motivate James to keep our neighborhoods safe every day.

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