“(…) while I will not be a candidate for Sheriff in 2024, I look forward to working with the Mayor and stakeholders on a successful and smooth transition that puts public safety at the forefront of every decision”.
MIAMI-DADE, FL — Freddy Ramirez is sharing the following statement on his departure from the 2024 Miami-Dade Sheriff’s race:
“My commitment to run for sheriff has always been about public safety and continuing my life’s work to keep families safe. Earlier this year, I filed to run for sheriff to support and guide a successful transition to a sheriff’s office and ensure the mission and work ethic of the department was unchanged. That commitment and mission is stronger than ever- and while I will not be a candidate for Sheriff in 2024, I look forward to working with the Mayor and stakeholders on a successful and smooth transition that puts public safety at the forefront of every decision. I appreciate the community’s well wishes and support over the past few months and will remain focused over the coming weeks on my continued recovery.”
Christian Ulvert, senior campaign advisor to Freddy Ramirez, says:
“Freddy is an incredible leader who loves our community and equally loves his lifelong work in the Miami-Dade police department. Having the opportunity to advise and guide Freddy’s campaign was humbling as I saw firsthand a leader who our community trusts and believes in. While he will no longer be a candidate for sheriff, I know his commitment to our community’s well-being and safety is stronger than ever. Our campaign team continues to wish him well on his recovery.”
A spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that she and Ramirez would be meeting to talk about his recovery and his service and said it would be up to health care professionals to determine when he could return to work.
And although he has decided to not seek the post, his primary job remains as the police director.
Ramirez, a Republican at the time, was appointed to the Miami-Dade County police director post in 2020 by then-Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
In 2022, Ramirez was appointed to oversee the county’s police department as director and fire rescue by current Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, a Democrat who later made the appointment permanent. Ramirez would later switch his political affiliation and become a Democrat as well.
Ramirez began working for Miami-Dade police in 1995, working his way up the ranks and assuming the top job years later.