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Tamarac commission votes to fire city manager following arrest on felony charge

Tamarac City Manager Michael Cernech was fired with cause on Tuesday.
Tamarac City Manager Michael Cernech was fired with cause on Tuesday.

TAMARAC, Fla. – Tamarac City Manager Michael Cernech has been fired, with cause.

Mayor Michelle Gomez was seeking a motion to suspend Cernech without pay, but she was outvoted four-to-one by commissions.

The vote took place during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Cernech’s firing comes just days after he turned himself into authorities and was arrested. He is accused of playing a role in a plot to extort nearly $3.5 million from a Florida developer.

The interim city manager will be Kathleen Gunn, who was previously Cernech’s assistant.

Cernech is currently under house arrest. He is facing a felony charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering.


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.