River Cities Gazette

CIty of Miami Springs closing in on new city clerk

The Miami Springs City Council is tasked with finding a new city clerk from among the 29 applicants for the position, including Acting City Clerk Suzanne Hitaffer (far right).
The Miami Springs City Council is tasked with finding a new city clerk from among the 29 applicants for the position, including Acting City Clerk Suzanne Hitaffer (far right).
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As of Oct. 28, a total of 29 people had applied for the Miami Springs city clerk position, which has a salary range of $71,850 to $99,014 per year.

“Human Resources Director Loretta Boucher recommends that we stop taking resumes,” Councilman Billy Bain said at the council meeting Monday night. “We need to take the top 10 and get it down to five.”

The city council then reached a consensus to officially close the list to new applicants effective Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

The search has picked up steam since former city clerk Magali Valls resigned on July 5 from her $104,463-per-year post. Valls, who filled in as an interim clerk for the last two months earning $50 an hour, has officially left.

City leaders honored Valls, who will receive a $4,065 monthly pension, with a plaque at the Sept. 23 council meeting.

“You define what a professional is,” said City Manager Ron Gorland, who handed Valls a vase at the Sept. 23 meeting before adding, “It can only hold a fraction of the tears that have already been shed for you.”

While the city searches to replace Valls, a council-approved Aug. 12 resolution appointed Suzanne Hitaffer to serve as acting city clerk, earning $71,850 annually. Hitaffer has applied for Valls’ former seat, though she only has two years left as an employee. If she chooses to return to her  former assistant city clerk slot, Hitaffer said Friday that she cannot exceed six months in the acting position.

Records show that Hitaffer is in the DROP and has an exit date of April 30, 2016.

Some of the requirements for the city clerk position include: the ability to speak Spanish, hold a valid driver’s license, be a U.S. citizen and have a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

The current applicants include:  Suzanne S. Hitaffer; Diana Rios; Rose Tydus; Krystle J. Ortega; Dana L.S. Williams; Giovanni Velazquez; Rhina Bustamante; Mauricio Betancur; Erika Gonzalez-Santamaria; Yamileth Pereyra; Jacqueline Viera; Malini D. Slew-Narine; Josue Torres; Lizmaria Valido; Malini D. Siew-Narine; Harry A. Staven; Jenice Rosado; Lisandra Mendez; Melissa Anne Konkol; Miguel Angel Becerra; Yanelis D. Bello; Maria Isabel Estevez; James  Fulton; Gloria A. Godales; Victor F. Armendariz; Rhonda Montoya Hasan; Alex Rey; Daniel Felipe; Ramee Perez; Laura Lopez; Ysabely M. Rodriguez; Gail Puntervold; Gadiel Espinoza; Ann Margaret Cassab; Francisco Andreu; and, Adria C. Villaverde.

The city clerk conducts city elections, handles legal advertising and processes public-records requests, shows the job description.

The city council has the authority to appoint or remove a city clerk from his or her position, according to Section 8.02 of the charter. There is no stipulation as to how long one can serve in this position, whether permanent or temporary, the charter shows.

The job duties of a city clerk are those “required by ordinance or resolution of the City Council or as otherwise provided by this charter.”

Over the next few weeks, council members will review each resume and determine who will be called in for an interview. 

“Each of us should come up with our top five recommendations from the list,” said Mayor Zavier Garcia. “The list is locked at what it is.”

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