Another high-ranking department head is leaving the city of Miami.
Zoning Administrator Barnaby Min was apparently forced out amid mounting conflicts over his strict interpretation of the city zoning code, according to City Hall insiders familiar with what happened.
Min did not return calls seeking comment late Wednesday. His last day is Friday.
Mayor Tomás Regalado said a disagreement with City Manager Johnny Martinez had prompted Min’s departure. Regalado was not clear if Min made the decision to leave or had been fired.
Martinez is out on medical leave following knee surgery. Acting City Manager Alice Bravo did not return calls.
Over the past six months, Miami has lost a steady string of directors and high-level staffers, including treasury manager Mirtha Dziedzic, chief accountant Barbara Gray, capital improvements director Albert Sosa and finance director Stephen Petty. The treasury manager and finance director positions remain vacant.
Turnover has been a problem throughout Regalado’s tenure. The city has had four city managers, three police chiefs and three budget directors over the past three years. The capital improvements, solid waste, human resources, risk assessment and general services departments have each had at least three directors.
Regalado said he did not see Min’s departure as a symptom of a larger problem.
“In this case, it’s not about turn over,” Regalado said. “Everyone serves at the pleasure of the manager. If the manager isn’t happy with someone’s performance, then the manager does what he needs to do. He has to be comfortable.”
Min had been zoning administrator since 2010. Before then, he spent two years working as an assistant city attorney.