Myriam Marquez, the former El Neuvo Herald editor, will take on the top communications job in Miami-Dade County as the new spokeswoman for Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The veteran editor and columnist takes on the $175,000-a-year county post with the title of senior advisor and communications director for the county. That puts her in charge of all press shops across the bureaucracy. Marquez, who left the Spanish-language paper last summer, also used to be the Miami Herald's Editorial Page editor.
Marquez replaces Mike Hernández, a political consultant hired in 2014 as Gimenez revved up for what was a successful 2016 reelection campaign. Term limits require Gimenez to exit the mayor's office in 2020, placing Marquez in a position to help shape the outgoing mayor's legacy after first taking office after the recall of then-mayor Carlos Alvarez in 2011.
In a press release, Marquez said: "I share the Mayor's vision of improving our residents' quality of life in cost-efficient ways that protect their pockets, and I am excited about all the innovations underway."
Hernandez left the communications job last month for a position at a consulting firm. Marquez starts April 2.