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Miami City Commission Fires Chief

September 12, 2011  | 

Photo: Miami PD.
Photo: Miami PD.
A sharply divided Miami City Commission voted 3-2 Monday to fire Police Chief Miguel Exposito, who has been at odds with Mayor Tomas Regalado for a year.

Commissioners upheld a decision by City Manager Johnny Martinez, who suspended Exposito last week for insubordination. The decision ended more than three days of debate over the chief's future.

Martinez charged Exposito with ignoring direction to come up with a plan to reduce overtime spending — a reason commissioners rejected — and with circumventing an order not to demote three high-ranking police officers by stripping them of their duties anyway. A majority of commissioners said that move by the chief constituted disobeying the manager, reports the Miami Herald.

Source: Miami Herald.

Related: Miami Chief Offered 'Bribe' to Resign

Comments (13)

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Donnie @ 9/12/2011 6:48 PM

This is typical city government. They can't spend a year and find real ideas to cutt spending but since the chief can't do it at the snap of a finger he is insubordinate? Really you hot air filled pompous crooks. Who about you trim the fat in the government and start there. Leave the chief alone. Spineless bastards.

Maleman39 @ 9/12/2011 7:08 PM

Well, sounds like more interpersonal politics. If the chief feels he is in the right, he should file suit for wrongful discharge. Undoubtedly he had a contract, and if so, should have a golden parachute. He surely should be able to get a similar position somewhere else where the political climate is more favorable. What will the next guy do? Hmm

Leonard Mather @ 9/12/2011 7:41 PM

Part of the 'hidden agenda" here could be the Chierf's failure to properly spell his name. No self respecting Latino has the name of EXposito. They all know it is ESposito and the Chief should have changed it. It will help him in his next position were he to do so, unless the hiring official's name is Carlis Martunez.

Saunders @ 9/12/2011 8:51 PM

Thanks, another fine job of Mico-Management by the city, leave the policing to the professionals I

Bonneau @ 9/13/2011 7:27 AM

Sounds to me like they were looking for a reason to begin with and he gave them the reason. Though it appears to be a cheap shot at best, There very well may be other things that are personal in nature that we don't know about. He will have due process if he hires an attorney and goes after the city. Unless there is dirty laundry he doesn't want aired?? I'd say the ball is in his court for now. I wasn't there and don't pretend to know the details. It is kind of hard just having one side to base opinions on.

emerald3358 @ 9/13/2011 7:51 AM

Maleman, I think you are on point. There is always more to the story. And next guy, be forewarned. This city manager may not want a Chief who thinks for himself.

Dennis @ 9/13/2011 8:06 AM

Next comes a six or seven figure court settlement to the Chief that is ultimately paid for by the taxpayers of Miami. None of it will be paid for by the three councilmen who wanted to silence disagreement. Now they can go hire themselves a puppet and gain more power and control of Miami.

rpb @ 9/13/2011 8:47 AM

Sounds like the Chief may be better off than dealing with the mindless idiots who claim to know how to "run" a police agency.

Jim @ 9/13/2011 9:46 AM

Yes, anyone in such an encouraging work environment would gladly want to be the next Chief!-NOT, they'll have to replace him with an ass-kisser, a person for the politicians and NOT for the police or the community!!! Obviously, insubordination in government is similar to
"misconduct" in a police agency-meaning that it means whatever they want it to mean.

John Wilson @ 9/17/2011 8:36 AM

Tooo many politicians can't do their job, and as a result try to do the Police Chief's job. when they can't get him to do their dirty work, they call it insubordination. Hell it is so prevalent in this spoiled society, that no Chief's job is safe from the mindless set of spineless politicians.

Dennis @ 9/17/2011 3:17 PM

Lets look at this picture. I thought it was the city managers job to find ways to cut spending. Maybe the city should start by eliminating his job, then we can start looking at overtime! It always amazes me when you can put your 2.00 down and run for office. Now your the boss of the professionals even when you don't have a clue, how tipical.

Tom @ 9/26/2011 1:41 AM

Simple math, If you don't have the $ you reduce spending. STARTING WITH THE LEADERS, whom have the most flexibility to afford it. And to keep a good police dept. you have do make it possible for good folks to join stay and keep clean. It's speaking your mind and doing the job you get PAID FOR, Go for it chief!

Sam @ 5/3/2012 5:45 AM

A previous article reported how the mayor and city manager tried to bribe Chief Exposito to leave several months ago, but the chief did not accept the bribe and instea went to the authorities. Since their previous plan backfired in getting rid of a chief with strong moral fiber, the powers to be found another excuse to do it.

I suspect that the Chief will be victorious in a court of law.

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