Chief Martinez is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement who retired in 2014. Prior to his law enforcement career, Chief Martinez served three years in the United States Marine Corps. During his 22 years with the Miami Police Department, he served in numerous capacities leading up to the position of Assistant Chief. He received several awards including the Unit Citation, Gold Medal of Heroism, and the Purple Heart for being shot in the line of duty.
After over 22 years of service Chief Martinez retired from the MPD, and accepted a position with the Miami Beach Police Department as Assistant Chief. During March 2012, Chief Martinez was sworn in as Chief of Police for Miami Beach.
Since his retirement as Chief of Police, Chief Martinez has embarked on several opportunities. He has been hired as Chief of Security for Ultra Music Festival. UMF is an electronic music event that brings over 165,000 attendees in a three-day weekend to downtown Miami.
Chief Martinez has been contracted with ESPN Sports as a site Security Location Manager and worked the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals and other ESPN events.
Chief Martinez has a Master’s degree of Public Administration from Florida International University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. He attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program for Government Performance, Florida International University’s Academy for Strategic Management, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Advanced Training School on Extremists and Terrorist Threats in Washington D.C.