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North Miami approves contracts for new city manager, attorney

Jeff Cazeau (left) will be North Miami’s new city attorney and Larry Spring (right) will take over as city manager. The city council approved both of their contracts Tuesday night.
Jeff Cazeau (left) will be North Miami’s new city attorney and Larry Spring (right) will take over as city manager. The city council approved both of their contracts Tuesday night. City of North Miami

After nearly a year of indecision and transition, the North Miami council has formally hired two top city administrators.

The council approved contracts for new City Manager Larry Spring and City Attorney Jeff Cazeau at Tuesday’s meeting in North Miami City Hall, ending two extended vacancies.

The two men will each have annual salaries of $200,000, as the council removed an additional $20,000 that Spring would have received in his role as director of North Miami’s community redevelopment agency. Vice Mayor Alix Desulme voted against Spring’s two-year contract and said he wanted more of his suggestions about the yearly salary to be included in the version that was approved.

$200,000 The annual salaries of incoming North Miami City Manager Larry Spring and City Attorney Jeff Cazeau

Spring thanked the council for their approval and said he looked forward to working with Deputy City Manager Arthur Sorey.

“I’m extremely excited about getting started,” Spring said. “We’ve already started having some internal meetings and talking about transition.”

The approval of Cazeau’s three-year contract as city attorney came after the council initially considered not voting on the item Tuesday night because Cazeau was not present. But Cazeau’s personal attorney spoke on his behalf and accepted the terms of the contract.

Spring will be the city’s fourth full-time city manager since 2011 following Russell Benford, now Miami-Dade County deputy mayor; Stephen Johnson; and Aleem Ghany, who resigned last October. Spring was hired as North Miami’s finance director last August and was CFO of the city of Miami from 2007 to 2011.

“Mr. New Manager, welcome among us,” Mayor Smith Joseph said. “I look forward to a fruitful relationship and I trust that you will come with a wealth of knowledge and North Miami will benefit from that.”

Cazeau, a partner with the Becker & Poliakoff law firm, will be stepping in after the termination last June of Regine Monestime. Deputy City Attorney Roland Galdos served as interim attorney following her firing. Cazeau most recently served as city attorney for Florida City. He also previously worked as assistant town attorney in Surfside and is a past president of the Haitian Lawyers Association.

Spring and Cazeau will each receive a $750 monthly vehicle allowance, $200 monthly cellphone allowance and $800 a month for general expenses.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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