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Miami-Dade dismisses assistant department director under criminal investigation

Miami-Dade County has dismissed a longtime administrator who has been implicated in wrongdoing in an ongoing police investigation.

Mario Goderich, the assistant director of the regulatory and economic resources department, worked his last day Wednesday, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office. As a high-level administrator, his employment could be terminated at any time at the mayor’s discretion.

“We fired him,” Gimenez said Thursday, declining further comment, citing the open investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department’s public corruption unit.

Goderich’s lawyer, defense attorney Brian Tannebaum, said his client was not told what the investigation is about.

“My understanding is that it’s an early investigation and no determination has been made as to whether the state is going to file any charges,” Tannebaum said. “I’m shocked at the way that the county handled the situation.”

Goderich was a 27-year county employee who made an annual salary of $140,244. He was dismissed with a one-sentence letter by Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt, who is also the director of the regulatory and economic resources department.

The termination came a day after the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office announced two apparently unrelated arrests of former employees of the county’s general services administration in a massive overbilling scheme.