Formerly the assistant, William Alonso is moving up to the second floor of Miami Springs City Hall to serve as the city’s new manager.
“During my first 90 days, I will be speaking with all our department heads and determine if there are any areas of the city’s services and operations that can be improved,” said Alonso, who beginning Monday will earn $185,122 in salary and benefits. “The only immediate change is the appointment of Tammy Romero to the position of assistant to the city manager.”
Romero, previously a professional services manager, will assist Alonso in the day-to-day operations of the three-square-mile bedroom community, population 14,000, located just north of Miami International Airport.
Over the next five years, Alonso has plans that include caring for the elderly, building a new senior center and continuing efforts to increase the city’s tax base by building new hotels and businesses along the Northwest 36th Street corridor.
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“We will also work to decrease the number of empty storefronts along our downtown business district by bringing in new businesses to the area,” Alonso said.
Ron Gorland, Miami Springs’ previous manager, served the city for four years before resigning, effective July 30.
Alonso thanks Gorland “for having given me the opportunity to work for this great city and for his guidance and support for the past 12 years.”
Previously, Alonso served as Miami Springs’ assistant city manager and finance director. Before that, he worked for the city of Miami Gardens.
Upon starting his new role, Alonso said residents can expect transparency in all areas of city operations, expanded and timely communications, excellent service and efforts to lower taxes.
“William knows all aspects of running the city,” Councilwoman Rosie Buckner said. “He is a very capable and professional individual.”
His transition to the new post will be a smooth one, Buckner said.