Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito, who fought the mayor for more than a year and tried to keep his job in a hearing that stretched over three days, was fired yesterday, reports the Miami Herald. A sharply divided City Commission called for charter changes and cast a shadow over the future of City Manager Johnny Martinez.
After more than four hours of heated debate, commissioners voted 3-2 to uphold a decision by Martinez, who suspended Exposito last week for insubordination. The hearing was prompted when Martinez suspended Exposito for disobeying an order not to demote three high-ranking police officers. The chief chose to reassign and strip the officers of their authority — though not their rank and pay — anyway. The manager also suspended the chief for not completing a plan to cut down on skyrocketing overtime. That argument fell short with four of the five commissioners, who instead cited the demotions as justification to fire the chief.