Politics

Video: Johnny Martinez Introduced As Miami City Manager

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado tried to sound a reassuring note this morning while introducing Miami's third city manager in six months. The hiring of Johnny Martinez, previously assistant city manager, should reassure investors that Miami is on sound footing, Regalado said. "We have a functional government," he said. "We have a stable government."

Martinez, though, admitted his work -- including a police department in turmoil and a $40 million budget gap -- won't be easy. "We have a tough road ahead," he said. "We'll work to give you the best service possible."


Martinez, who was brought on board by former City Manager Carlos Migoya, offered few hints about how he'd try to right the wobbly city finances and management.

He said he plans to meet with city unions today to discuss their contacts, but declined to discuss his strategy.

As for Police Chief Miguel Exposito -- who has survived a spate of controversial shootings and an embarrassing reality show gaffe -- Martinez said he planned to review his work "along with all other departmental heads."

Asked point blank by Jim DeFede whether Regalado has asked him to fire Exposito, Martinez said, "No."

Martinez was flanked by every city commissioner except Frank Carollo, who was attending an accounting class and had pledged to support the hire, Regalado said.

His salary has yet to be determined, Regalado said.

Here's video of Regalado's introduction and Martinez's brief comments:


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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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