Miguel Exposito Fired by City Commission UPDATED

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See ya, Expo! Miami's finest reality-show filming, mayor-baiting police chief catastrophe is officially looking for a new job thanks to Michelle Spence-Jones's vote.

MSJ evidently decided her district's outrage over the Miami Police Department's wave of seven fatal cop-involved shootings this past year outweighed her own desire to stick it to Mayor Tomás Regalado. As expected, she was the swing in a 3-2 ballot to ax the top cop.

Joining her in voting for Exposito's ouster were Francis Suarez and Willy Gort. Marc Sarnoff and Frank Carollo both voted to keep Exposito.

Technically, Exposito was axed for "disobeying" new City Manager Johnny Martinez's orders to not demote three senior officers and to cut down on overtime payouts.

In reality, he was fired for waging an all-out political war with Regalado for the past 12 months.

Exposito certainly kept life at Dinner Key interesting by repeatedly reporting the mayor to the FBI, first for allegedly interfering with police raids on maquinitas -- the faux-slot machines whose owners heavily support the mayor -- and then for allegedly offering him a $400,000 "bribe" to quietly leave office.

The chief was hardly running a model force in the meantime. He allowed a sketchy reality show to film inside the department and called his cops "predators" on film, a decision he'd come to regret when they started shooting to kill in Overtown and Liberty City.

He also presided over a ridiculously botched "corruption probe" and publicly battled State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle over prosecutors' handling of his cops' fatal shootings.

So now the Exposito era has come to an end. What's next for MPD?

For now, it's in the hands of an interim chief, Manuel Oroso, a guy with a few unsavory skeletons in his own closet.

Update: Regalado calls the chief's firing a "painful process" and says he plans to fight for charter reform to ensure "this unfortunate event [won't] happen again."

Presumably, that means he wants to allow the city manager to hire and fire police chiefs without the city commission's input -- a questionable precedent considering Regalado hired Exposito in the first place.

Here's Regalado's statement on the firing. (FYI, the questionable grammar comes straight from the mayor's office. We just copied and pasted.):
I am grateful to the City Commission for its support of the City Manager. Today, we turn the page and leave this ordeal behind us. This has been a painful process for the City, but at the same time has demonstrated that our city demands that its employees respect their superiors and follow the Charter.

>As responsible officials we have a duty to prevent this unfortunate event to happen again.

The authority of the City Manager over the heads of departments should be clear and unquestionable. He is in fact the ultimate responsible for their performance.

The first step to straighten and strengthen the efficiency and accountability in the administration is reforming the process for the removal of department heads.

We have to turn this ordeal into a positive experience for the best of our City.

But, now we have a priority: the budget. In just two days we have its first reading and a deadline by September 30.

Therefore, as soon as we finalize our budget, I will present charter reform options to the Commission to insure that our City never again has to endure a process like this which has cost time and resources to the city and has negatively affected the morale of our employees and the residents in general.
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Taxpayers shafted
Taxpayers shafted

Watch. The Cuban Exposito will sue the City to try to collect more money. His lawsuit will cost taxpayer money to defend and when he wins the money comes from the taxpayers.

The taxpayers get screwed at every step.

Taxpayers get hosed
Taxpayers get hosed

Exposito got fired but he walks away with a $2 mil retirement package.

Taxpayers get screwed again.

Novice
Novice

Novice City Manager Johnny Martinez unable to get out of control Fire Department employee pay and benefits under control.

Taxpayers screwed again.

Overpaid firemen
Overpaid firemen

City of Miami faces a crisis. The local taxpayers cannot continue with the "best paid firemen in the world". Fire Department pay and benefits must be reduced. 20% unemployment in Miami. Yet 650 firemen get $125 mil per year?

Fire 400
Fire 400

City Manager Johnny Martinez has 10 days to get fire department pay and benefits reduced or 100's of employees face layoffs.

Excessive pay
Excessive pay

City of Miami has 475 fire department employees who have have pay and benefit packages that exceed $155,000 per year. 12 fire employees have packages that exceed $300,000 per year. Potential applicants can contact Mayor Tomas Regalado.

Doormat required
Doormat required

Mayor Regalado wants his "doormat" City Manager Martinez to only hire staff who will help Regalado's friends steal from the City.

Goodlyfe77
Goodlyfe77

I fear for the revision of the process for removing department directors, since the only ones this "process" applies to are Police and Fire Chief. So, the Mayor (through the Manager) wants to hire and fire those chiefs who do his bidding? That does not bode well for the City.

Clueless
Clueless

Spence-Jones has no idea how many teenage Haitians are committing crimes. Robberies, vehicle break-ins, stolen vehicles, drug dealing... Spence is clueless.

Corrupt Spence-Jones
Corrupt Spence-Jones

Disgraced and suspended Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was easily recruited to vote to fire Police Chief Exposito. Exposito allowed his officers to defend themselves when criminals shot at them in Overtown and Liberty City. Criminals using automatic weapons to shoot at cops? Spence wants the cops to "stand down".

Corrupt Spence.

El_Bananero
El_Bananero

Regalado is the corrupt one and should arrested.

Corrupt Mayor
Corrupt Mayor

The corrupt Mayor Tomas Regalado was acting to help his friends and campaign supporters who owned and operated illegal gambling machines. The Police Chief knew the machines were illegal and he wanted to enforce the law. So Regalado had to get him removed.

Corrupt Spence-Jones was easily recruited to fire Exposito.

Luis Alvarez
Luis Alvarez

I THINK A LOT OF THIS CRAP WOULD END WHEN POLICE OFFICERS BEGIN TO TAKE THE I WILL GET THERE WHEN THE SHOOTING IS OVER ATTITUDE. FACE IT POOR GUY ON A BIKE WITH A SHOTGUN SHOOTS AND KILLS AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER AND THE QUESTION WOULD BE WHY DIDN'T THE POLICE STOP HIM.SO I FEEL BAD FOR THOSE COPS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BEST THING IS TO TAKE THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE PACE YOURSELF AND DO WHAT YOU CANBECAUSE REMEMBER REGALADO CALLED THE GANGS TO WAR THEN WHEN POLITICAL PRESSURE BEGAN HE LEFT EXPOSITO OUT TO DRY AND THE 3 MORON COMMISSIONERS WITH THEIR SELF INTEREST SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.....  

loveboat2010
loveboat2010

I found Exposito to be an honest man attempting to lead a department in the sewers of Miami politics.  Politicains run the police departments not experienced law enforcement veterans with decades of experience. Stop and think about that for a second, a city manager with no experience in law enforcement is chosen by Regalado to run police operations.   

Police officers answer to Miami politicians that is scary as hell!!!!

P_Nis
P_Nis

Now that Expo no longer works for the city, can he comment??

Rachel
Rachel

ummm....."The first step to straighten and strengthen the efficiency and accountability in the administration is reforming the process for the removal of department heads."

Really?!    The first thing is thinking about the "process of removal"--- always workin' ass backwards!!! 

Sam
Sam

I agree that the taxpayers always get screwed. That continues to be the norm as long as the public continues to elect these Bozos Like Regalado, Gort and Francis Suarez, whose actions injure others.

Don't blame those individuals filing suits, blame those responsible for causing the suits to be filed in the first place.

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