John Timoney resigned as Miami police chief Wednesday, just before the swearing-in ceremony of the city’s new mayor, Tomás Regalado, who had vowed to remove the chief. Timoney, 61, born in Ireland and raised in the Bronx, served six years as Miami chief. He rose through the ranks of the New York Police Department and spent four years as chief in Philadelphia. “Everywhere John Timoney has been … he has left a better place for cops and citizens alike,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.
Although crime declined and Miami’s formerly dysfunctional police department gained respect under Timoney, Regalado sided with police union leaders who said employee morale had sunk under Timoney’s tenure and that change was necessary. Timoney will retire Jan. 15. The names of three insiders are being floated as replacements: Assistant Chief Adam Burden; Maj. Miguel Exposito, who oversees the property section, and Maj. Manuel Orosa, over the criminal investigations section.