Veteran Miami police Maj. Miguel Exposito is expected to be named chief today by Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Manager Pete Hernandez to replace John Timoney, the Miami Herald reports. Exposito, 55, who has known Regalado for at least a decade, is among four candidates.
The new search within the ranks of the police department represented a a stark contrast to the 2002 search, when city officials sought an outsider for the job and found Timoney, a veteran cop who forged a national reputation in New York and Philadelphia. Exposito is well known within the police department and has deep roots in the community. Born in Cuba, Exposito came with his family to the U.S. in 1960, when he was 5 years old. In 1974, at age 19, he was hired for the Miami Police Department’s first class of public service aides. Starting pay: $3 an hour with no benefits. The young aides prepared burglary, accident and crime reports. He later spent five years as a patrol officer before becoming a shift supervisor. Rising through the ranks, Exposito became a sergeant in 1980 and moved to internal affairs.