Residents want Miami Beach manager to resign

Commissioner says he will make motion to dismiss Gonzalez

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - At a Breakfast Club meeting Tuesday, Miami Beach residents demanded City Manager Jorge Gonzalez step down. 

Four weeks ago, Gonzalez's job was put on the line when a group of city employees, including compliance officers, were arrested and charged with a bribery scheme at a South Beach night club. 

"I had the occasion have rooted out corruption myself and will continue to do so," said Gonzalez. 

But some city commissioners stepped in to say it might be time for Gonzalez to call it quits. 

"I have an item on the agenda tomorrow for 5 p.m., making a motion to dismiss the manager if he doesn't find a way to resign before then," said Commissioner Jonah Wolfson. 

Gonzalez did outline these steps to put the city back on track: 

  • Appoint a police officer to serve on the FBI public corruptions unit. 
  • Perform independent investigations. 
  • Develop new training for employees. 
  • Bring in an outside auditor. 

"The message goes out to anybody that wants to do something like this: Expect to get caught. Expect to get prosecuted to the fullest," said Gonzalez. 

It would take four commissioners' votes to remove Gonzalez as city manager.

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