City Manager Makes Two Key Appointments

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

City Manager Makes Two Key Appointments:

Public Works Director must be confirmed by Commission

Updated July 29, 2021 to reflect Commission action

Alina Hudak, recently appointed as Miami Beach City Manager, announced two key appointments – a new Public Works Director to replace Roy Coley who left to work for Miami-Dade County and appointment of a Deputy City Manager. 

On July 28, the City Commission approved Jose (Joe) Gomez, a licensed professional engineer, who will come back into the public sector after 25 years in the private sector. Hudak wrote in a letter to the Mayor and Commissioners, “Mr. Gomez has years of experience in both the public and private sector as a civil engineer with specific expertise in transportation, infrastructure, planning and design as well as construction management. As Director of Operations for the Florida Department of Transportation District 6, he was responsible for leading a staff of more than 600 employees and a construction contract value of approximately $250M. He has significant experience in the areas of public and community involvement and inter-agency coordination. His many years of experience in the private sector has also given him a significant portfolio of direct public project experience. I am confident that Mr. Gomez will bring fresh and outstanding leadership to our team.”

Hudak also announced the appointment of Assistant City Manager Eric Carpenter to the newly reclassified position of Deputy City Manager, a move encouraged by Commissioners following the selection process for City Manager. Carpenter, who was also a candidate, is highly regarded and received high marks in the interview process. “This appointment allows me to properly position the City for the challenges of the future,” Hudak wrote. “It creates a clear path for succession planning and appropriate chain of command when the Manager is unavailable.”

Hudak still needs to appoint an Assistant City Manager to fill the vacancy created when she was appointed City Manager as well as the position of Director of Marketing and Communications, vacated by Tonya Daniels who recently moved back to Chicago with her family.

Hudak’s letter and Gomez’ resume is here.


 

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