In October 2001, when Merrett Stierheim narrowly won an interim appointment as superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools despite a smear campaign heavy on ethnic politicking, he might well have been thinking, "Here we go again." As county manager (twice) during its most trying moments, interim Miami city manager during its financial meltdown, chief tourism cheerleader during both natural and social disasters, and now as head of the dysfunctional school system, he has built a career on crisis management in an increasingly complicated social and political milieu. His reputation as the white knight of sullied bureaucracies has made him an... More >>>