Ex-county commissioner vies for Miami Beach manager job

Former Miami-Dade Commissioner Jimmy Morales may “plunge” back in to South Florida politics after a few years out of the spotlight.

Morales, a Harvard-educated attorney who served as the District 7 county commissioner from 1996 to 2004, applied to be the next Miami Beach city manager this month. His interest was quickly noted by elected officials, who gave a lukewarm reception to applicants proposed by a headhunter.

“I do not need to tell you that the City is at a critical juncture in its history. It faces significant infrastructure challenges and is considering major developments that will impact not only our community but the region’s economy for years to come,” Morales wrote to city officials. “Yet, serious questions have been raised about the City’s ability to accomplish these tasks and to provide basic government services honestly and effectively.”

A “native son” of Miami Beach, Morales said he would have “little learning curve” despite never having served as an administrator. He touted his honesty and ties to county government.

“I am reenergized by the current challenge and ready to plunge in again,” he wrote.