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Miami Springs hires Bill Alonso as city manager

Miami Springs City Manager Bill Alonso.
Miami Springs City Manager Bill Alonso. For the Miami Herald

Miami Springs leaders voted 4-1 at Monday’s council meeting to hire Bill Alonso as its new city manager.

“How can we not move ahead with the vetting process for the highest office in our bureaucracy?” said Councilman Jaime Petralanda, who cast the dissenting vote. “At times, it’s best to go outside our workforce as we did for the city clerk, chief of police and the current HR department.”

Petralanda added that the city had three months to complete the process. The current city manager, Ron Gorland, recently submitted his resignation letter that takes effect on July 30.

Gorland, who has been on thin ice with city leaders, was one vote away from being fired last September.

Alonso, the assistant city manager/finance director, will take the leadership helm at a critical time. Miami Springs is behind schedule on its new $5 million pool, has recently closed a popular playground amid public outcry, and is mulling raising building height limits.

Alonso, who currently earns $163,164 with salary and benefits, is looking forward to a big pay raise running the three-square-mile bedroom community of 14,000 residents.

“We now will begin negotiating a contract but assuming they offer me what Gorland is currently at, its base of $140,000 and total with benefits is $193,603,” Alonso stated in an email to the Miami Herald on Tuesday. “This would be as city manager/finance director.”

For information about applying for the new assistant city manager’s job, call 305-805-5010.