MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Coral Gables is hanging up a ‘Help Wanted’ for a new City Manager.
On Tuesday their current City Manager, Pat Salerno, announced his resignation.
“I plan to resign as the City Manager effective April 18th. It’s been an honor to serve this commission and the residents of Coral Gables. I believe that over the past five years we’ve accomplished what many people did not think was doable,” Salerno told the city commission on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s meeting was centered on accident troubles in the Gables.
“What is going to be done to make sure we’re all safe?” said Harry Anthony Joseph, a witness to an accident in the Gables last week.
Gables Police and others studying the traffic issue.
“We did see an alarming increase in the accidents but then we did factor-in on our own the construction in those time phases,” Major Ed J. Hudak, Jr. said during Tuesday’s meeting.
The City Manager’s Office oversees a budget of $195 million and serves a community of approximately 50,000 residents, within a 14 square mile area. The City Manager and Assistant City Managers direct and supervise the activities of 10 departments.
Before going to Coral Gables, Salerno was the city manager of Sunrise for 17 years.
In 2012, Salerno was almost fired by the city after being there for three years for his alleged mistreatment of employees.
Salerno was accused of running off a public works director, a chief of police and an assistant city manager who Salerno hired that left in disgust after just a few months.
Before going to Coral Gables, Salerno was the city manager of Sunrise and was credited with helping it transform into a modern, business friendly city. Salerno left Sunrise after 19 years and went to work for Coral Gables in 2009.