FYI Miami: October 30, 2014
IN TRANSIT: Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Irma San Roman is leaving. She was appointed executive director in July 2013, becoming the first woman since its 1977 inception to lead the entity, which deals with countywide transportation issues and improvements. The county’s human resources department is to seek applicants for the job. A five-member selection committee of the planning organization’s board members is to rank candidates. The full governing board is to then appoint the executive director based on the committee’s recommendation. Deputy Director Jesus Guerra will serve as interim executive director.
TOP COP: Beginning early next year Miami will have a new police chief, and city officials are already digging through resumes of applicants for the top job. Chief Manuel Orosa is stepping down Jan. 31. Last week, City Manager Daniel Alfonso updated the city commission on the hunt for a replacement. A city month-long ad for the position generated 55 applicants. The human resources department, using job qualifications for the post, narrowed the field to 29 candidates, Mr. Alfonso said. A review panel will reduce the candidates to 10 eight primary candidates and two alternates. The eight finalists are to be interviewed Nov. 5 by another review panel of five including the city’s fire chief, the state’s attorney for Miami-Dade County, the county’s police chief and others. That panel will narrow the choices to four and turn over its findings to the city manager to make the final choice.
AFFORDABLE NOTICE: Miami residents aren’t always aware of available affordable housing in the city, says Commissioner Frank Carollo, who’s trying to do something about it. Citing a great need for affordable housing, he’s pushing legislation to require that city residents and officials get notice of what’s available. On Oct. 23 commissioners gave preliminary approval to an ordinance requiring that any project getting affordable or workforce housing incentives or benefits from the city or its Community Redevelopment Agencies, including financing, grants, impact fee waivers or deferrals, parking waivers or reductions, “… shall provide notice on initial lease outs, sales, conveyances, or similar dispositions to residents of the city…” Written notice would be delivered to directors of the Community Development Department and the Department of Planning and Zoning so elected and appointed officials could notify residents of availability of the units. The notice would list the number of available units, address and contact information.