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Chief Stephen E. Johnson

Chief Stephen E. Johnson Chief Stephen E. Johnson became a sworn officer with the University of Kentucky Police Department in 1983. He transferred his police certification to the State of Florida in April 1984, when he joined the North Miami Police Department. He has extensive experience in law enforcement, having worked in a variety of units or divisions; including patrol, criminal investigations, narcotics, and community policing. As a Major, he oversaw the Patrol, Community Policing and Administration sections.

Stephen Johnson was appointed as the Chief of Police of the North Miami Police Department in August 2010 after serving as the City’s Interim Police Chief since May of that year. He was appointed Interim City Manager by the North Miami City Council in August 2011 and subsequently selected to serve as City Manager on November 8, 2011.

In May 2014, Stephen E. Johnson was named Chief of Police for the City of Miami Gardens Police Department. He oversees and directs all activities of the Police Department and his responsibilities are strategic planning for use of resources, coordinating the activities of the department with those of other local departments and ensuring that services provided and development plans are of the highest quality.

Stephen Johnson earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Miami-Dade College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.

Stephen is a graduate of the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy - 216th Session and is a member of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates. Stephen is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police (MDACP), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). He is also a member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a program that was started by current Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.