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Miami Beach could choose new city manager Wednesday

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Beach could finally have a new city manager by Wednesday.

Mayor Matti Herrera Bower placed an item on Wednesday’s regular commission agenda “to select the city manager.”

Two candidates are vying for the position: former County Commissioner and current Doral City Attorney Jimmy Morales, and 40-year City of Miami staffer Frank Rollason.

A third finalist — Monica Cepero, an assistant to the county administrator in Broward County — dropped out of the race in late February.

Miami Beach has been without a permanent top-administrator since July 2012, when Jorge Gonzalez stepped down amid a slew of corruption scandals and arrests. He was never implicated in the hanky-panky, and even reported some of the bad behavior himself to authorities.

The city’s next manager will have plenty to do: The Beach is embarking on a massive overhaul of its old convention center, a project that’s expected to cost up to $1 billion. The new manager will also be expected to clean up and restore confidence in what many residents say is a corrupt government.

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