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Ex-Miami top cop Timoney possible candidate for Chicago post

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Cop Shop . . .

Sneed hears rumbles John Timoney, 62, the Irish born former top cop of Philly and Miami, is being floated as a possible pick for Chicago Police superintendent.

† Translation: “He’s highly regarded and served with the New York Police force (from 1967 until 1998), where he rose to the No. 2 spot,” said a Sneed source. “He was also a protégé of LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, when Bratton was New York’s Police commissioner. (Sneed is told Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is a big fan of Bratton, who expressed no interest in leaving LA.)

† Backshot: Emigrating to America in 1961, Timoney served as Philly’s Police commissioner from 1998 to 2003 before leading Miami’s police force from 2003 to 2010. Timoney “was recruited to be chief in Miami by the business community to reduce police-related shootings,” a source said. He turned around the scandal-ridden department, the source said: “He was highly successful.”

† The kicker: Timoney, who is now serving as an advisor to a home security company, is also a close friend of Philly’s police commissioner, Charles Ramsey, who has been reported to be a top contender for the Chicago job.

A sad note . . .

Condolences to the family of Sun-Times Media chief Jim Tyree, who died Wednesday. He was a fighter. He was our patron saint. He was a wonderful man.

The job market . . .

If Mayor-elect Emanuel is looking for old as well as new faces to plug into top city jobs engulfed in huge systemic problems, might he bring back former Chicago schools czar Paul Vallas — who has built an international rep for rebuilding the Philadelphia and New Orleans school systems?

The Quinn bin . . .

Watch for Emanuel, who is becoming known as “The Whirling Dervish” due to his inexhaustible abundance of energy, to “have his first official meeting with Gov. Quinn at the governor’s Chicago office Friday,” a source said.

† Translation: It’s called lunch.

The Sheen saga . . .

Actor Martin Sheen, father of headline-grabbing son Charlie Sheen, was planning on having a private chat with Quinn Wednesday night to thank him for abolishing the death penalty at a fund-raiser for Old St. Pat’s Church at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

† The Sheen saga: Although Sheen publicly expresses love for his troubled son, Charlie, he isn’t discussing any of his son’s well-known problems.

† The Name Game: When the elder Sheen — a devout Catholic-born Ramon Estevez — became an actor, he adopted the first name Martin after a close friend and the last name Sheen in honor of the legendary Roman Catholic Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, who had a hit TV show in the late 1940’s.

Say whaaa . . .

The Brat Defense: Italy’s embattled Premier Silvio Berlusconi, 74, who has been accused of having sex with nearly three dozen girls in two months at his villa, is quoted as stating: “Even though I am a little brat,” sleeping with that many women would be “too much for anybody.”

Backdraft . . .

A history note: Retired Chicago Fire Department battalion chief, Ray Hoff, who died Tuesday, was not only a third generation Firefighter and brother of current Chicago Fire Commissioner Bob Hoff — but the hit film “Backdraft” was loosely based on the Hoff brothers, whose father, Chief Thomas Hoff, died in the line of duty.

Report from Japan . . .

Notes from Tokyo resident Dan Simon, a Winnetka native who has lived in Japan for the past three years: “Tokyo remains in a state of subdued calm. Many are working from home today and for the foreseeable future until the nuclear situation at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is resolved. Most shops are open, although dimmed as the usual bright lights have been turned off in an effort to conserve energy. There was another large quake today, a 5.0 in nearby Chiba. Many unknowns at the moment. I remain optimistic that Tokyo will come out unscathed. Am working from home at the moment.”

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Rob Lowe, 47; Kurt Russell, 60; Patrick Duffy, 62; Mia Hamm, 39; Billy Corgan, 44 and Gary Sinise, 56.

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