@Paradise_Afshar and Theo Karantsalis
Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has stepped down from his role as Medley town attorney.
His resignation — which is effective Thursday — was announced during a special council meeting Wednesday night by John Griffin, a labor attorney.
“I am happy that the matter was resolved amicably and with class and professionalism,” Pizzi said in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “In my entire career as a public servant, and as an attorney, I have always acted in the public’s and my client’s best interest.”
On Aug. 6 Pizzi was arrested by federal agents in his Miami Lakes office on charges of conspiring to commit extortion.
“I fully expect to be exonerated,” Pizzi said. “But as an attorney I feel right now, with the distraction going on and the necessity of me resolving my personal issue, I made the determination that this will be in the best interest of the people of Medley.”