Miami-Dade County Commission considers ballot questions

Voters won't decide about elected supervisor

MIAMI - When voters go to the polls in Miami-Dade County in November, they will find a ballot jammed with county charter reform questions.

The Miami-Dade County Commission met Thursday to consider adding some reform questions to the ballot.

READ: Thursday's agenda

Questions included whether to require a two-thirds vote by citizens to move the Urban Development Boundary, and whether to have an elected elections supervisor and a elected sheriff or police director.

"I don't think that's the right way to go. I don't think we need a politician to be the sheriff or be the director of the police department. We need a professional police officer, police director, not a politician," said Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Local 10's Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney reported that the county police union is in favor of an elected sheriff.

"We also support an elected sheriff. I think the recent events in our community more than dictate that," said John Rivera, the president of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

Rivera was referring to the victory Gimenez won over Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, who sponsored the elected sheriff proposal, said Putney.

But commissioners warned about putting too many questions on the ballot.

"Anything you believe in -- don't overload the ballot because people will vote no," said Martinez.

The commission rejected placing questions about the elected sheriff and elected county elections supervisor on the ballot. They also rejected placing a question to pay the county commissioners $92,000 a year, prohibit outside employment, and limit them to two-year terms.

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