Marc Elias, Jr. was born in Haiti; he speaks, reads and writes fluently French and Creole and is well versed in Spanish. He is a graduate of College Roger Anglade, Port-au-Prince Haiti, where he obtained his Baccalaureate degree Part I & II (Rheto and Philo).
He is a graduate of Columbia Southern University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He served four years in the U.S. Army and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant specializing in the field of nuclear and biological chemical warfare.
He joined the Miami Police Department in 1987 where he was assigned to various investigative units (i.e. Gang Unit, Criminal Investigations Section, Northeast Task Force, Vice, Intelligence & Narcotics (VIN), and the Dignitary and Intelligence Squad) where he conducted various undercover operations, assisted U.S. Customs, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the U.S. Secret Service.
While at the Miami Police Department, he was assigned to a unique Task force, formed by the Chief of Police, to solve the murder of two well known Haitian radio hosts – to gather intelligence and assist in intercepting Narcotics being brought from Haiti into the U.S., as well as providing Diplomatic Security for key representatives from Haiti and other diplomats from all over the world. This task force was the one who brought down and dismantled the notorious gang known to us as the ZO POUND.
In 1995, he worked with the U.S. Department of Justice I.C.I.T.A.P. in Haiti where he was tasked to train Haitian police recruits. He served as Assistant Manager of Personnel & Administration and was later promoted to Deputy Manager for Professional Development & Technical Advisor to the government of Haiti. He supervised and coordinated the training of 4500 Haitian police recruits, 50 international police instructors and 50 support staff members. While in Haiti, he was recognized on two occasions as the most outstanding instructor at the Haitian Police Academy, by the academy staff and the former President of Haiti Jean Bertrand Aristide.
In Mid year of 1996, he joined the Florida City Police Department. He served as a Major in charge of the Criminal Investigation Section, Internal Affairs, and Background Unit. In 1997, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police and on February 23, 1999, he was installed as Chief of Police of Florida City. He held the position of Chief from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2010, he served as a police investigator for the Broward County School Board Police, Special Investigations Unit assigned to Internal Affairs.
Marc Elias joined the North Miami Police Department in October 2010 as Assistant Chief of Police, in charge of the Field Operations Section, overseeing the Uniform Patrol, Community Policing, Marine Patrol and Motorcycle Units, as well as the Police Athletic League (PAL); until September 2011, when the Interim City Manager designated him as Interim Chief of Police.
In addition, he is a certified instructor in Police Firearms, instructor under the Homeland Security in the field of Prevention of Suicide Bombing & Terrorist Attack, as well as an Instructor in Prevention of School Violence. During a one year period, Marc Elias was instrumental in training over 1500 school bus operators in preventing and recognizing signs of bullying and prevention of violence on school buses.
He holds a certification C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) through the Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Miami Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police (MDACP) and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA).
Marc Elias has received throughout his career over 70 commendations and citations, ranging from the Officer of the Month, Unit Citation, the Humanitarian Service Award from the United States Coast Guard, a Citation from U.S. Customs and, the Administrative Excellence Award. He was also awarded several Citations while he proudly served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.