Miami-Dade County

Miami Manager Martinez expected to return to work after minor stroke, mayor says

Miami City Manager Johnny Martinez, who suffered a minor stroke Saturday evening, is expected to be released from Jackson Memorial Hospital late Monday or early Tuesday and return to work by the end of the week, Mayor Tomas Regalado said Monday.

Martinez, 61, hospitalized late Saturday, was joking around Sunday evening pushing for his release, said the mayor.

“Yesterday he was up and walking and talking,” said Regalado.

Martinez landed the city manager post almost two years ago after the sudden resignation of Tony Crapp Jr., who refused to fire the city’s police chief while he was involved in a lengthy tussle with Regalado over several inner city shootings and an ordinance regulating electronic gambling devices. Martinez eventually fired then-Chief Miguel Exposito for insubordination.

When he returns, Martinez will continue to oversee the city’s more than 3,000 employees and one dozen department heads.

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