Miami-Dade County

Miami’s city manager is shopping his résumé

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with city manager Daniel Alfonso at a July commission meeting.
City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with city manager Daniel Alfonso at a July commission meeting. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

The executive who oversees Miami’s nearly billion-dollar government is looking for a new job.

In a sign that turnover is once again coming for an often turbulent city government, City Manager Daniel Alfonso has for the last several weeks quietly shopped his résumé to city and county governments around the country. As early as June, he was a finalist for a job running Brevard County government.

Alfonso acknowledged that he’s job-hunting during an interview with the Miami Herald. But he said he plans to remain in his post until term limits force Mayor Tomás Regalado from office. He wouldn’t specifically name the places where he’s applied, but said he’s looked at jobs around Florida, and in North Carolina and Texas.

“I don’t intend to slow down. I’m still getting paid my check so I’m still doing my job,” said Alfonso, 49, who is currently traveling with his family. “I expect that I’ll be here probably through the middle of November, when the new mayor comes on board.”

Regalado, who as mayor appointed Alfonso to the job, wrote in a text message that he has no “plan B” to replace Alfonso.

“His plans are to leave with me,” wrote Regalado, currently in Uruguay on city business.

It’s not surprising that Alfonso — currently paid $224,663.04 a year — would be on the hunt for a new job.

A former county budget coordinator with a military background, Alfonso came to Miami in 2011 to serve as the city’s budget director and took over as manager during the summer of 2013 when former administrator Johnny Martinez fell ill. Since then, he has helped stabilize a city once on the brink of financial collapse, but has also occasionally clashed with commissioners and organized labor.

I don’t intend to slow down. I’m still getting paid my check so I’m still doing my job.

City Manager Daniel Alfonso

Commissioner Francis Suarez, the likeliest candidate at the moment to replace Regalado, has twice supported motions to fire Alfonso in the past 18 months. Less than a year ago, a majority of the City Commission tried to get rid of him but failed to secure the four votes needed to force the issue.

“There’s a high likelihood that the new mayor will be wanting to bring in his own manager. So I’m looking to find a place to land by the time that happens,” Alfonso said. “I understand [commissioners] have perhaps a different philosophy about the way they want to run the government. I don’t want to be an obstacle to their managing the city the way they see fit.”

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