By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney has died at the age of 68.

The Miami Police Department confirmed that Timoney died from stage 4 lung cancer after being hospitalized for the past month.

Timoney served as commissioner in Philadelphia for four years from 1998 to 2001.


Timoney is credited for bringing down the city’s homicide rate, but drew fire for his handling of protests during the Republican National Convention in 2000.

“I’ve learned more from my mistakes in my career than I ever have from my successes. The successes they swell your head, and they cloud your thinking. The mistakes provide clarity, and so I had my fair share of mistakes. Suffice to say I learned from them.”

After leaving Philadelphia, Timoney worked in private security for a year before becoming the Commissioner of the Miami Police Department.

He served in that role from 2003 to 2010.