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South Miami gives three-year contract to attorney

 

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South Miami commissioners have agreed to give City Attorney Thomas F. Pepe a new three-year contract.

Pepe’s previous contract went from 2011 to March 15, and then was extended for two months, before the new deal was negotiated.

“I am very happy and especially happy that I had five votes,” Pepe said after the commission unanimously agreed to the deal on April 15. “The entire commission voted in favor of it. I feel that was a confirmation of the quality of my work and the fact that they were happy with the way I have been representing their city.”

Pepe provides legal advice to the commission, city manager, city clerk other city staffers.

Pepe will be paid about $250,000 annually.

Under South Miami’s city charter, the city attorney reports directly to the City Commission.

“The commission renewed the contract,” City Manager Steven Alexander said. “I didn’t make any recommendation about it. They came to the correct decision themselves. He’s had part in resolving two lawsuits. One was the Metro South lawsuit relating to the senior affordable housing project across the street from City Hall, and another was the YMCA with a dispute over the development of a park in south Miami.”

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