A Miami Police Internet message board is throwing out names on who will be the man to replace John Timoney.
One thing is certain: it doesn't appear that his loyal deputy chief Frank Fernandez (pictured here to the right of Manny Diaz and Timoney) will get the top post.
Fernandez, along with Timoney, got a vote of no-confidence from union cops and judging by some of the comments on the Miami Police LEOAffairs.com forum, the rank-and-file despise him too.
The supposed front-runners are assistant chiefs Thomas Cannon and Adam Burden and majors Miguel Exposito and Manuel Orosa. The latter two appear to have the inside track.
In 2002, at Regalado's request, Exposito appeared before the city
commission to tell them that then-Mayor Joe Carrollo knew that the
police department maintained a secret dossier on elected officials.
Orosa is tight with Fraternal Order of Police president Armando Aguilar, who led the police union's support of Regalado.
Although the new mayor may want to avoid Orosa whose name is attached to one of the police department's ugliest scandals. In 1988, Orosa was a sergeant on a street narcotics unit that saw six of its members accused of beating to death Leonardo "Cano" Mercado, a Wynwood drug dealer. The six undercover detectives were suspended and subsequently indicted on criminal charges that they obstructed the investigation into Mercado's death. Four of the officers were convicted.
Orosa was also suspended for his role in the cover-up. He allegedly failed to secure the crime scene where Mercado was killed and allowed the six cops to leave the scene and discuss the beating with other. Orosa was never charge with a crime.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.