Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez's statement regarding Miami-Dade Police Department Director James K. Loftus' retirement
I am saddened that Director Loftus has communicated his desire to retire from the Miami-Dade Police Department effective October 1. Over the past year, I’ve developed a close relationship with him. He is one of the finest directors we’ve ever had.
We’re losing a dedicated public servant and a consummate professional who has led this vital department with integrity. He will be very difficult to replace; however, I respect and appreciate his desire to be more active in the lives of his loved ones.
Director Loftus has roughly one and a half years left in the retirement program, but has been thinking hard about retiring for several months. While I have asked him to reconsider his decision, he is firmly committed to spending more time with his family, both locally and outside the state. As a last attempt, I reiterated that the door is still open if he wants to reconsider.
Being the Director of a law enforcement agency as large as Miami-Dade Police takes a huge toll on the individual and the family. I appreciate Director Loftus’ dedication and full commitment to this community, the police department and his honorable service. I am especially thankful for his steady leadership during such a difficult time period and his departure will be a great loss.