MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s the first day on the job for the man hired to be a watchful eye over embattled Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito. Paul Philip is a former FBI chief hired by Miami City Manager Tony Crapp Jr. to be his special advisor on public safety.

The city manager can fire the chief of police but has to show cause for the termination and many observers think that’s what this new position is all about.

When Philip showed up at Miami’s Administration Building Tuesday morning for his first day, he told CBS4’s Gary Nelson, “I’m very excited.”

Walking into work Tuesday morning, Philip said he’s very comfortable with his new assignment.

“I give advice. That’s what I do, I give advice, so I’ll be giving advice. Nothing new,” said Phillip.

Philip said he had no preconceived notions and that he did not come in to play the role of hatchet man.  He said he had a brief, cordial meeting with Exposito and will complete his work and report to the manager.  He will not apply for or accept the job of police chief.  He will work 20-hours a week, earning $33.50 an hour.  After 11 months he will make his final recommendations.

He’ll oversee a seemingly dysfunctional Miami police department and its increasingly embattled police chief. Chief Exposito has clashed publically with Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, commissioner Richard Dunn and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle over a recent rash of police-involved shootings and controversial corruption probes. Chief Exposito has also accused the mayor of trying to intervene in a probe of illegal gambling machines.

Chief Exposito will retain his job while Philip examines all aspects of the police department, from morale to policy to promotions in the ranks. Crapp said he hired Philip because he needed someone with law enforcement expertise to provide insight about the way the department operates. Philip will send Crapp weekly reports of his findings.

A memo from the manager calls on Philip to:

Provide recommendations to the City Manager regarding the oversight and management of the police department.
Assess the current department succession plan for all ranks.
Assess the morale of the department.

It’s largely viewed that Philip has been brought in to provide ammunition that the mayor and administration might use to shoot down the controversial chief of police. But Philip disagrees.

“That is pretty ridiculous,” he said. “If there was a notion that there was a preconceived result that they wanted to have early they should have hired somebody else,” he said.

Philip said he will assist with mending the battle between the two parties and “smooth some things out.”

Chief Exposito issued a terse “no comment” about the hiring of Philip and Mayor Regalado declined comment too. His office noted that the city manager is the police chief’s boss and the one with the power to hire and fire.

Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn, angry over what he calls a lack of response from the chief over the police involved shootings, welcomes Philip’s hiring.

Dunn did not sound like he wanted to wait for the findings of his upcoming inquiry. He concedes his mind is largely made up and he has pressed for the city manager to fire Exposito. Dunn said, “I think you already know the answer to that question. Nothing has changed.”

Once the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami field office, Philip led Operation Greenpalm, a major public corruption scandal and the search for Andrew Cunanan, who was wanted for killing famed designer Gianni Versace on the front steps of his South Beach mansion.

Comments (16)
  1. GLADIATORGAL says:

    THE FBI SHOULD BE THE ONE INVESTIGATING THE MAYOR, THE COMMISSIONERS AND ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT, NOT A RETIRED FBI PERSON HIRED BY COMMISSIONERS WHO THEMSELVES ARE BEING QUESTIONED FOR THEIR BUDGET PROBLEMS. UNFORTUNATELY SOCIETY HAS TO PAY THE BILL THRU RAISED TAXES AND CUT JOBS. THEY LOVE TO FEED THEIR POCKETS BUT LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN THE DOOKIE HITS THE FAN. THERE’S TOO MUCH CONFLICT OF INTEREST HERE.

  2. Luis Bonilla says:

    MIAMI is the Mexico of the East. Corruption is everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mike says:

    Dysfunctional isn’t the word to describe Miami. This guy needs to oust all the third world crap running Miami and throw all the corrupt officers across the ocean to where they came from. All the educated English speaking Americans I have known throughout the years are leaving Miami faster than the roadrunner to get away from all the third world influence in this city.

  4. tired says:

    Looks like those taxes are gonna up a little more!!!

  5. Bibi says:

    I believe we should allow the police chief to do his job! The City of Miami is a city that needs to be overhauled. The local government is not the problem. The city is full of criminals and illegal drugs. We need immediate action which doesn’t require ADVICE from an overpaid retired FBI Agent/Chief. I hope this Philip guys takes a ride through the streets of Miami in the evening. I am certain that his outlook on the police chiefs tactics will be very different!! God bless the innocent citizen of Miami who have to deal with the thugs that are wiping out their children…

  6. Attila Kaszoni says:

    Yeah! This county wants large sums of government money too! Lets put a border up at the base of North Miami and sever them off from the rest of this country!

  7. Bibi says:

    @Luis – you are ABSOLUTELY correct! Miami is becoming another Mexico. We are going back to the days of the cocaine cowboys (cartels, mafia, etc.), but this is a different breed of bad. We are going to have to face these people with new tactics and weapons…

  8. TELLASiSEE.LT says:

    This is sick. One of the worth polcie departments in US are in New Orleans or at least they were for many years. I don’t recall “an ex FBI adviseor ever to be called to investigate or advise on their system.
    Now Tomas hires this expert (with all due respect) whom by the way is getting pay probably with the 9 & 112% money they all ready took from the Cops and Firefighter’s only to sneach on the chief, By the way, and I don’t know why if is in everyones mind, no one is mentioning the fact the gentleman is of color (nothing wrong with that) except the fact that this is just another effort from Tomas to please the black community in their quest for “No Rules, No Cops, We do what we want no matter what”.

  9. MiamiMex says:

    Like Snoop said:

    “Blame a cop for the crimes of an addict…”

    Make selling drugs punishable by death penalty like in Islamic countries and watch the crime go down.

    .

  10. REQUENITA says:

    LUIS & BIBI.

    PUT A CORK ON IT. YOU SHOULD GET OFF THE SUBJECT IF YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

  11. REQUENITA says:

    I saw the news last night and got sick of watching the mother and sister of the monster that kill the two police officers. Apparently their pain is gone as I saw her smiling and showing her gold teeth (probably the gold was stolen some place by her son.

    But what amazed me the mostwas the fact that those characters have the guts to sort of investigate on their own, make conclutions of the fact that apparently other cops vistited the house the day before, and how they should change the process. WHAT! you criminal’s protectors the point is you knew what your crazy, violent son was capable of and you allowed it and you were hidding him. YES YOU WERE HIDING HIM!

  12. n.diaz says:

    miiami the city corrupt…………..

  13. yokolee says:

    We need a new mayor and a new police chief.
    Thank you, hope and pray you ck them both

    1. LULY says:

      So let see…just because someone hates you, and thinks you not doing a good job you think is Ok for them to really do this to you.

      Whoao! I guess you don’t put yourself in someone elses shoes Ah.

  14. carmen says:

    TELLA – Its a good thing that someone of color is involved when the corruption and craziness is being caused by people of ‘no color’..? lol

  15. Expat says:

    Take a good look at the City Manager, “then” take a good look at the retired FBI agent, think there is any CRONISM here ????? Of course there is !!!!!! Racism 101 for public servants.