Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has filled a vacancy atop the county's public works department -- by tapping one of his deputies to permanently take on the role.
Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak will serve as director of the Public Works and Waste Management Department in addition to her existing work, the mayor told county commissioners in a memo Thursday.
Hudak becomes the third Gimenez deputy to pull double duty. Ed Marquez also serves as finance director, and Jack Osterholt heads the Regulatory & Economic Resources Department.
The practice saves the county money -- Hudak didn't get a raise for taking on the new job, according to Gimenez's office -- but also piles onto each deputy mayor's plate. Each deputy is also charged with overseeing other departments and agencies.
Public works has been under Hudak's portfolio for three years, and she's been the department's interim director since October 2013. The previous director, Kathleen Woods-Richardson, is now the Miramar city manager.
"I have full confidence that Ms. Hudak will continue to lead the department successfully and smoothly," Gimenez wrote.