Written by Miami Today on April 5, 2012
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INVESTIGATION TEAM KILLED: The county commission rejected Tuesday an item that would have established a committee to investigate county affairs. According to county documents, the committee would have been permitted to "inquire into the conduct, accounts, records and transactions of any department in the county" and "inspect and investigate the books, records, papers, documents, data, operations and physical plant of any department, agency or entity of Miami-Dade County." The item was sponsored by Commissioner Javier Souto.
TOURISM JOBS: Hiring continued at a healthy pace in Miami-Dade County’s tourism industry in February, reports William Talbert III, CEO and president of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Total employment in Greater Miami’s leisure and hospitality sector increased to 115,000 jobs in February, up from 110,000 jobs a year earlier. That’s a year-over-year increase of 4.6%, Mr. Talbert said. "This is the 21st consecutive month of increased employment in Greater Miami’s leisure and hospitality industry."
SPORTING GESTURE: Heather Kurstin, interim director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, will step down April 13 — allowing a new director to take her place. Ms. Kurstin’s announcement follows the departure of Mike Sophia, executive director since April 1, 2004, who accepted a job in another location. The county’s human resources department monitored all resumes and has received 25 — 16 that met position requirements and nine that didn’t, said Suzy Trutie, county spokeswoman. All applications were forwarded to the sports commission, whose five-person hiring committee was to vet applicants. Ms. Kurstin could not be reached.
CUTTING CONFLICT: To cut conflict of interest from Miami-Dade government, the county commission approved Tuesday an item requiring that elected officials employed by or retained by an entity receiving county funds or under contract with the county seek an opinion from the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. Those working for or under contract with the county have 60 days to comply.
NEW APPOINTMENT: Hunton & Williams appointed Juan Enjamio managing partner of the Miami office. He is the second managing partner and first Hispanic in the 13-year history of the law firm’s Miami office. Mr. Enjamio specializes in the defense of companies facing complex employment disputes. He had served as co-managing partner with Marty Steinberg for the past year. Mr. Steinberg has assumed a position at Bilzin Sumberg.
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