Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin sends City Manager Jorge Gonzalez a love letter

Ed "Mad Dog" Tobin
Things are moving pretty quickly at Miami Beach City Hall.

Two weeks ago, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower confronted angry residents outside City Hall. It didn't go well.

This morning, embattled Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez confronted angry residents at a meeting of the "Breakfast Club" at David's Cafe. It didn't go well. (Local 10 got shots of Mayor Bower balancing her checkbook - at 2:52 on the tape - as Gonzalez sparred with residents.)

This afternoon, Gonzalez tendered his resignation (embedded below). He promised the commissioners he'd have his desk cleaned out by this time next year. That didn't go well, either.

Commissioner Ed "Mad Dog" Tobin responded to Gonzalez in an email with the subject line, "Sneaky till the end." (Tobin's email is embedded below Gonzalez's resignation letter.)

In his email Tobin wrote,
Allowing you to continue to be in charge for 1 year after your resignation would leave you and your staff in a position of control without consequence. . . During this year that you are asking for you will punish those who have recently embarrassed you by calling into question your ability to manage. You will reward those that were loyal. . . I know you to punish your political enemies.
All of this will be continued Wednesday at Miami Beach City Hall.

None of this is going to end well.

Jorge Gonzalez Resignation Letter

Ed Tobin Letter

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