Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman has been fired.
Not from his mayoral office, the one that pays a modest $6,000 a year.
He has been dumped from the one that paid him the real money — $125 an hour. That’s his job with Community Health of South Florida, Inc., a nonprofit that needs favors from the city.
Early this year, Bateman leveraged his elective office to secure a secret side job as construction consultant for CHI.
Now, Bateman said, because of an article in the Miami Herald and a television piece by CBS4’s Jim DeFede, CHI has let him go. Both reports revealed the lucrative relationship between the mayor and the healthcare outfit.
That relationship is part of an ongoing investigation of the mayor by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.