On May 18th, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6, had a sunshine meeting with Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Vice Chairman and Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, of District 11, to discuss legislation going on the election ballot. I believe they specifically discussed the Strong Mayor form of Government. Before the last charter change supported by Mayor Carlos Alvarez, we had an executive Mayor form of Government. Alex Penelas was an Executive Mayor.
I believe the charter change proposal on the Strong Mayor form of government is going to be heard by the Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee June 14th. If they move fast enough, and it is approved by the full Commission in a future vote, it would then go on the ballot in November, to be voted up or down by the voters. I would hope it would be retroactive so if the Mayor is elected in August he/she would have to abide by it, but the Commission is not big on retroactive stuff. They would probably make it effective with the new Mayor. That would be crappy.
This didn't have to happen, but Carlos Gimenez's tyrannical reign over Miami Dade County forced us into this move. Everyone now realizes Mayor Gimenez just has too much power. I originally supported the strong mayor proposal when the Commission was more evil (Natacha Seijas), now the Mayor is the tyrant. As the HOME RULE CHARTER says now:
The Mayor shall serve as head of the county government.
The Mayor would also serve as the County Manager. The strong-mayor form of mayor–commission government usually consists of an executive branch, a mayor elected by voters, and a Commission as the legislative branch.
If it were an Executive Mayor:
An Executive Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC) govern the County. The County Departments would be run by a County Manager. The County Manager could be fired by the Mayor or a majority of the County Commission.
In other words, the Executive Mayor would have veto authority over the Commission and propose the County Budget. A professional County Manager or "County Administrator" would handle personnel decisions and implement the policy directives of the Board.