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Miami Chief Offered 'Bribe' to Resign

July 05, 2011  | 

Photo: Miami PD.
Photo: Miami PD.
A day after saying he was offered $400,000 to "leave quietly," Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito now says city officials initially offered him $200,000 to leave his post as top cop.

Chief Exposito was offered what he called a bribe last week, reports the Miami New Times.

Prior to a Jan. 13 commission meeting, Miami's Mayor Tomas Regalado, then City Manager Tony Crapp, and CFO Larry Spring met to discuss whether $200,000 would be enough incentive to persuade Chief Exposito to resign.

At 5:34 p.m. Jan. 12, Spring e-mailed the city's finance director, Diana Gomez, saying "per city manager please prepare a check in the amount of $200,000 payable to Miguel Exposito." The check, written from a non departmental account used to pay various types of settlements, was processed almost immediately. It was voided the next day after Exposito turned down the offer.

The Miami New Times posted a copy of the check on its Website. The mayor claims the check was a legal severance offer.

For the past year Regalado and Commissioner Richard P. Dunn II have repeatedly sought Exposito's resignation.

Source: The Miami Herald


Comments (6)

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Jon @ 7/5/2011 6:48 PM

We need more leaders like this chief!

michael @ 7/6/2011 12:07 AM

I think the city got caught with their pants down this time. I'm glad the Chief has the balls to stand up to these dirty city crooks. I love the way these city officials think they have the right to spend "tax payers" money away way they see fit. Complete BS, whoever was involved with this incident should be investigated for a possible conspiracy and bribery of the Police Chief. What the hell our these crooks hiding, whatever it is they don't want the chief to find it. I hope the MPD officers stand behind the Chief. At least he has ethics and standards that are not for sale. The Attorney General needs to pull his head out of his ass and get on this case ASAP, stop waiting for an invitation.
If the AG office gives these crooks to much time they will just cover it up. City officials need to be shown that they are accountable for their actions just as we all are and if they committed any crimes then they should be charged. Good Luck Chief Exposito, I hope you get these crooks.

mwc107 @ 7/6/2011 12:47 PM

Honor, Courage and Commitment is what were taught in the Navy and Chief Exposito has all three. I would be honored sir to work for you. Stand your watch

DaveSAM25G @ 7/7/2011 1:25 AM

A rare find indeed!

Chris Keown @ 9/12/2011 6:33 PM

Honor and Integrity and a Man of Character not for sale. This is a classic case of city officials wanting a lap dog they can control in place and not a true leader who does the right thing because it's right. They can't get him to carry out their back stabbing agenda's.

Sheriff John Thompson @ 9/13/2011 12:53 PM

Micromanagement has grown to where the city council/manager has told the Chief of Police who and when to dismiss employees. Ladies and gentlemen...this will not improve your community. Bite the bullet and tell the community the truth. If you have to reduce the police budget...do so, but don't blame the Chief for doing his professional job. If you believe there are philosophical differences, deal with them...but don't micromanage our profession.

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