Miami’s police union, fed up with Police Chief John Timoney, thas taken the rare step of scheduling a vote on whether to declare a lack of confidence in his leadership, reports the Miami Herald. The more than 900 officers in the union will decide Sept. 4 whether they want to formally request Timoney’s ouster by declaring a vote of ”no confidence” in the chief and his deputy, Frank Fernandez. Armando Aguilar, president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police, said in his 26 years with the force he has never seen such a vote.
Miami’s top cop has been criticized this week for driving a Lexus hybrid sport-utility vehicle without paying for it. For months, an auto dealership let Timoney drive the car free. Through a spokesperson, Timoney first told the TV station he was paying for the SUV but later admitted he wasn’t. ”This issue with the Lexus is just the tip of the iceberg,” Aguilar said, calling Timoney’s administration “oppressive.” Among officers’ complaints, Aguilar said: a controversial policy that prohibits uniformed and civilian employees from “associating with undesirable persons.”