Doral mayor lists eight finalists for city manager

The Doral City Council could pick its next city manager Monday night.

Under the city charter, the mayor has the power to nominate someone for the manager’s position. After former City Manager Joe Carollo was fired in April, the City Council decided to advertise the position until early May.

Now, Mayor Luigi Boria has narrowed a list of 34 qualified applicants to eight names, which include current assistant manager Ronda Vangates and two former Doral administrators. He said Thursday he was still studying the applications and had not made a decision.

“We need to definitely choose the person to move things forward in the city,” he said.

If the council does not accept Boria’s nomination Monday night, it is likely to appoint a committee to conduct a national search.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Doral Government Center, 8401 NW 53rd Ter.

Here is Boria’s shortlist:

•  Ajibola Balogun: He has been city manager of West Park since 2010. Before that, he was city manager of South Miami for about 20 months after working at the city for nine years overall. He was fired in 2010 amid political unrest on the City Commission.

•  Hector Mirabile: Most recently, he was South Miami’s city manager from from 2010 to 2012. Before that, he spent about 30 years working for the city of Miami, starting out as a police officer and ending as director of employee relations. In 2012, when he was unceremoniously fired, he was the fourth city manager to leave South Miami in three years.

•  Sergio Purriños: A familiar face in Doral, he was city manager from 2004 to 2008. He resigned in 2008 and later took the manager’s job in Homestead. He was linked to Homestead’s controversial ex-Mayor Steve Bateman in an ethics investigation after a prominent resident’s $10,000 utility bill was wiped clean, allegedly after Bateman’s instructions to do so were relayed to a utility billing worker through Purriños. After an investigation into the transaction and a $1,000 credit granted to a local real estate attorney, the case was passed to the county ethics commission, which eventually found probable cause in the case of the $1,000 credit. Purriños agreed to settle the case and accept a letter of instruction. He currently works for property management firm CSI Management Services.

•  Jose Rasco: He was Doral’s interim manager from the time the city was incorporated in 2003 until 2004. He currently is Miami-Dade County’s director of intergovernmental affairs.

•  Joseph Pinon: Currently chief operating officer of private security firm Inquesta Corp., he has previously worked as a senior diplomatic advisor for the U.S. State Department and, during the 1990s, as an assistant city manager of Miami and Miami Beach.

•  Ronda Vangates: A newcomer to Doral City Hall, Carollo brought Vangates on board to be an assistant city manager in March. She currently oversees the police, public affairs, public works, information technology and human resources departments. She was previously a senior administrator in the human resources department of the Miami-Dade school district. During her time as the school district’s investigations director in 2006, she was entangled in a controversy at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in which school administrators were accused of covering up sexual-misconduct allegations involving a football player. She stopped a police inquiry into the matter, later saying she did not know it was a criminal investigation and that she did not want it to duplicate the in-house investigation. She was not charged.

•  Ricardo Mendez: He is the chief operating officer of the city of Harrisburg, Pa. He has previously served as the chief administrative officer of the Seminole Tribe and as a program management director for the Palm Beach County school district.

•  Edward Rojas: Another current Doral employee, he is the city’s building director. He was Surfside’s building director from 2012 to 2013 and worked in Doral’s building department from 2005 to 2012.

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