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Miami city manager suffers mild stroke

 

msanchez@ElNuevoHerald.com

Miami’s city manager was hospitalized late Saturday after suffering a mild stroke.

Johnny Martinez, 61, was recovering Sunday evening at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is expected to be released early this week, Mayor Tomás Regalado said.

“He’s doing very well,” said Regalado, who, like several city officials and friends of Martinez, visited him at the hospital Sunday morning. “The doctor said it was a very benign stroke.”

Martinez is in good spirits, talking and walking, Regalado said. He expects to return to work this week.

“He said he feels fine and that he wants to work,” the mayor said.

As city manager, Martinez supervises about 4,000 employees in more than a dozen departments. He also has to respond to the questions and criticisms of the five city commissioners.

He has held the job since June 2011, after the sudden resignation of Tony Crapp Jr., and is the third city manager named by Regalado.

Previously, Martinez was an assistant city manager, and has been a longtime public servant, working for both the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County.

He is married and has two adult children.

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