The Opa-locka city commision approved a 30-month contract for new city manager Steve Shiver at a special commission meeting Friday despite residents’ criticism of the choice.
In 2010, Miami-Dade County auditors lambasted Shiver, who played a role in what they called a squandering of millions of public tax dollars that was supposed to go toward rebuilding Homestead after Hurricane Andrew.
“We are being raped without being touched,” said former Opa-locka Commissioner Steve Barrett during public comment. He emphasized that the city needed to “do a background check” before signing any papers and added that the details of the legal document did not protect the city.
The dais approved Shiver’s contract 3 to 2. Vice Mayor Timothy Holmes and Commissioner Joseph Kelley voted down the resolution saying the rush for signatures sent a bad message.
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“What is the hurry to get it done?” Kelley said. “With the salary of $150,000, I am challenged by that, given the situation we are in.”
The city has a budget deficit of $500,000. Commissioner Terence Pinder, who was in charge of negotiating Shiver’s contract felt the budget’s Oct. 1 looming deadline was enough of a reason.
“This board has the obligations for this community,” Pinder said. “It is time for us to move forward with the right people.”