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2 top Miami-Dade County Commission aides jump to Jackson Health System


Miami-Dade County Hall, which has long been a recruiting pool for other local government agencies, has lost a pair of commission aides to the Jackson Health System.

Eddie Borrego, the chief of staff to Vice-Chairwoman Lynda Bell, begins a new job Monday as Jackson's director of corporate initiatives.

A few weeks ago, Donald Wolfe III, an aide to Commissioner Xavier Suarez, became the public hospital network's assistant director for intergovernmental affairs.

The new jobs came with salary hikes for both men, though their executive packages at the county might have been more generous than they will be at the hospital system. Borrego will be making a base salary of $105,000 a year, compared to $95,000 in Bell's office. Wolfe’s annual salary went up to $83,000 from $70,000.

Borrego's jump to Jackson in particular created a buzz because he's leaving Bell, his boss, as she gears up for a reelection campaign against challenger Daniella Levine Cava. But he seemed to dismiss that suggestion.

"Commissioner Bell has been a respected public servant for many years and I’m honored that my service to her is a footnote of that legacy," Borrego said in an email. "I know that she will continue to serve her residents with honor and distinction.

"This new opportunity to join the Jackson family provides great professional development in a growing field. It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Miami-Dade at the County Commission, and I look forward to continuing that legacy of service at one of the nation’s most respected medical institutions."

According to Jackson, Borrego and Wolfe were hired to fill vacant positions, though Borrego's has been tweaked to fill new needs.