Carollo said he’s proud of the work he’s done as city manager of Doral, particularly in regards to finding savings in the budget.
“But the truth is, to be a good manager means you have to have a good team behind you,” he said, crediting department directors and staff with the year’s successes. “What we’ve accomplished speaks for itself.”
Rodríguez-Aguilera, who used to be the city’s economic developer, noted that too much instability at the top could give employees a reason to jump ship.
“I’ve heard it in the halls,” she said. “People are saying, “If there’s another change, I’m leaving.’”
Stability of leadership in the city, she said, also attracts developers and businesses. She said she’s received calls from people in the business community expressing dismay and doubt about Doral’s atmosphere.
Ana María Rodríguez said she feels Boria has not made a successful transition from councilman to mayor. In particular, she thinks he needs to work on leading meetings and not mixing personal matters with city business.
“I’ve had my differences with the manager, but you don’t see me trying to fire him,” she said.
Councilwoman Christia Fraga said the council has had a learning curve on working together, and that includes the mayor.
Even though it hasn’t all been Boria’s fault, she said, the hardest part has been keeping strict order at meetings and following procedures to keep the council on track at its monthly meetings.
The three councilwomen approved a vote of confidence in Carollo on Wednesday, against the votes of Boria and Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz.
Ruiz said she isn’t with one side or the other, though she has backed some of the mayor’s opinions of the manager.
The relationship between Ruiz and Boria has its own baggage, as Boria stripped Ruiz of the vice-mayor’s title after he accused her of trying to embarrass him publicly.
Although Ruiz thinks Carollo and the staff did well this budget season, she feels the council doesn’t get enough credit.
“The council should also be given credit for this budget,” she said. “It really is the vision of our council.”
Boria said Friday he’s enjoyed his time as mayor and feels the city has accomplished a lot, like opening the new police station, developing plans for an elaborate new park on 114th Avenue and lowering the property-tax rate.
“What we need to do now is to focus on the administration, rather than the politics,” he said.
Nevertheless, he didn’t rule out proposing Carollo’s ouster again, saying it will depend on the manager’s behavior. But he said he respects the council’s majority in their vote of confidence.
“I’m not a crazy person,” he said. “I’m just trying to move the city forward."
From a distance, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said that the crisis in Doral can be overcome.
“They don’t have to be friends but they should learn to work together,” said Regalado, who has found himself in plenty of public feuds with Carollo over the years. “The mayor is going to be there for four years, after all,” he said “And Carollo has the votes to stay, for now.”
Juan Carlos Bermudez, Doral’s first mayor, said Boria needs to put aside personal differences with Carollo, be less divisive and lead.
He thinks Boria may not have been ready for the pressures and responsibilities of the mayor’s office.
"He needed a little more time to mature as an elected official,” Bermudez said.
What Boria needs to do now, in Regalado’s opinion, is present new initiatives in Doral that the council can get behind to rebuild unity on the dais.
“He should work on making Doral attractive to investors, which has been his vision,” he said. “Do that and try not to micromanage things in Doral.”