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Former Miami-Dade Commissioner, LGBT ally Jimmy Morales new Miami Beach city manager

BY CHRISTINA VEIGA, CVEIGA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Eight months, 60 candidates and dozens of interviews later, Miami Beach finally has a new city manager.

Miami Beach native Jimmy Morales was voted into the position Wednesday with a unanimous vote by city commissioners.

“I’m not here as a politician. I hope to be a very solid administrator,” Morales told commissioners.

He cried as he recalled growing up on Miami Beach, and lamented that his dad isn’t around to see him become the city’s top administrator.

The city’s next step: negotiating a contract with Morales.

A graduate of Miami Beach High and Harvard, Morales is a former Miami-Dade County commissioner and current city attorney for Doral. He has no previous experience leading a city.

Morales earned a reputation as a reformer during his time in county government, leading the way for the creation of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, and to afford discrimination protection for gays.

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