Commissioner: Manager's resignation delay 'a slap in the face'

Deal would give Gonzalez 6 months to find job

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Jorge Gonzalez's resignation as Miami Beach city manager was a hot topic inside the Miami Beach Commission meeting Wednesday.

Gonzalez sent a letter Tuesday saying he will step down, but not until May 10, 2013. 

"It's a disrespectful slap in the face to the commission. It's almost if he controls the process. He doesn't," said Commissioner Jonah Wolfson. 

READ: Resignation letter

"To say, 'We'll do it in a year,' cheats the taxpayers," said Commissioner Edward Tobin. 

But Tobin said a deal is in the works that gives the city manager six months to find a new job. 

"Significant pension -- he will be able to collect $150,000 a year for life, walk away with about $300,000 and a year of severance, in addition to some health benefits," said Tobin. 

Gonzalez came under fire after five city code inspectors and two fire inspectors were busted on corruption charges. Many feel the city manager should be held accountable for their actions. 

"We've got corruption in this city, and he has to go," said Tobin. 

Gonzalez's termination is on the agenda for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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