#BREAKING: #MiamiHerald: MayorGimenez uses tax money to pay for staff's education

Miami Herald:

"Miami-Dade paying $350,000 to send top administrators to FIU leadership course"

So this is where our tax dollars are going to... Not the betterment of families (through affordable housing subsidies)

But the education of the Mayor's staff...

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is touting a new leadership program for top administrators as a way to develop future talent in the county. Hector Gabino El Nuevo Herald File 2014

Miami-Dade County plans to spend $350,000 on a 12-day leadership program for about 30 top administrators, with lessons on self-awareness, body language and a psychologist addressing the impact of family backgrounds.

Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, the former Florida International University president, designed the training program scheduled to launch this month on FIU’s main campus. Mayor Carlos Gimenez endorsed the plan as an efficient way to boost the performance of senior leaders in one of the country’s largest local governments.

“We have some of the greatest teachers and minds on leadership and organization coming to teach the 30 top people in Miami-Dade County. And next year, another 100, the next tier of leadership,” he said. “You need to develop your leaders. You need to develop your directors. You need to develop the successors to those folks.”
The price represents a tiny drip in the county’s $7 billion budget. Maidique said part of the initial fee helped pay for designing what will ultimately be a much broader program for managers throughout the 27,000-person county government.

[How do much Miami-Dade’s top employees make? Check out the Miami Herald’s compensation database.]

You’re going to attract people who otherwise would not have come to Miami-Dade County. And you’re going to keep people.  -Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, founder of new FIU leadership program for county managers

With a per-head tab topping $10,000 for the first phase, the training bill also comes amid budget angst in county government over the millions spent on Zika during last summer’s outbreak. In September, Gimenez cited emergency measures against the mosquito-borne virus in saying the county lacked extra dollars for last-minute requests from county commissioners for the 2017 budget.

Commissioners had hoped to pledge an extra $10 million this year toward affordable housing subsidies, but Gimenez’s budget office said only $387,000 was available from leftover 2016 funds. That prompted Commissioner Xavier Suarez to issue a press release back in January slamming the administration’s mid-year budget as “sorely deficient.”


A Jan. 9 memo from Gimenez instructs his top deputies and two dozen department chiefs to clear their calendars for six Thursday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and six Fridays (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at FIU’s Maidique campus in western Miami-Dade — named after the former president in 2009.


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