Chief Gwendolyn Boyd-Savage began her law enforcement career as a public service aid with the Miami Police Department where she assisted police officers by taking reports from citizens. She became an officer, where she engaged in undercover work throughout Miami.
She then became the first African American female Major at the Miami police department, then the first female assistant Chief. Prior to being named Chief of the North Miami police department, Chief Boyd-Savage served as chief in Prichard, Alabama and Miramar, Florida.
She is the first police chief, male or female, in Florida to hold a doctorate. She has also served as the vice president of administrative services at Florida International University, her alma mater.
Chief Boyd-Savage's major accomplishments include development of a training course and coordinated interviews and selection of officers for Miami Police Department's nationally acclaimed Community Policing program and recruitment of minority women officer candidates.