Miami mayor names interim city manager

Almost a week after Miami City Manager Johnny Martinez was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, the mayor named the finance chief to take over the administrative duties on an interim basis.

In a memo circulated Thursday among commissioners and other city officials, Martinez said doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami have told him to expect a full recovery “over the coming weeks.”

Mayor Tomás Regalado announced that Daniel Alfonso, who was named chief financial officer two weeks ago, would serve as interim manager until Martinez returns.

“I am very confident that Johnny will experience a full recovery and will be returning to work as our City Manager,” Regalado said in a statement.

Martinez was hospitalized Saturday night after suffering a stroke while having dinner with his wife in a Miami restaurant. On Sunday, Regalado called the stroke “mild” and said he hoped Martinez would return to his post in the coming days.

However, Thursday’s announcement indicates that Martinez’s health is worse than was originally indicated.

Martinez, who did not return a call from El Nuevo Herald, in his memo thanked the community for its attention and thoughts.

He also said “the business of Miami must continue uninterrupted,” which is why he asked Regalado to assign an interim manager.

“I have total confidence that our executive team can ably manage our city’s public services in my absence,” Martinez wrote. “I am feeling stronger every day and I look forward to returning to my position serving the people of Miami.”

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