George Burgess watches Carlos Alvarez's farewell speech.
George Burgess watches Carlos Alvarez's farewell speech.
Photo by Tim Elfrink

Burgess and Alvarez Bid Dade Voters Adieu With Teary Farewell Speeches

The 29th floor of County Hall had all the ambiance of a funeral procession on Wednesday afternoon. Staffers with puffy eyes hid in cubicles, and an uncomfortable silence reigned until County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Manager George Burgess walked into a room packed with reporters.

The day after getting overwhelmingly recalled from office, Alvarez defended his budget decisions and Burgess announced his resignation as city manager in an a pair of emotional speeches. Click through for video.


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