From the Miami Herald:
By David SmileyEarlier story: Cost of getting rid of Gonzalez is still a mystery
The Miami Herald
Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez is enjoying a fairly sweet sendoff for someone who was forced to resign following another city hall corruption scandal.
Gonzalez and his wife traveled to Switzerland along with Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and stayed in the Hotel Basel for several nights in mid-June as part of an annual city delegation to the renowned Art Basel fair. The city each year pays for or reimburses hotel nights, meals and plane tickets for officials and their spouses or significant others.
Gonzalez, who steps down July 8 after nearly 12 years atop the city, will also receive a farewell party Monday morning in a junior ballroom in the Miami Beach Convention Center — hosted, according to the invitation, by the same commissioners who forced him out the door.
Gonzalez will remain on the city’s employee rolls and healthcare plan while burning roughly $170,000 in accrued sick and leave. No word yet on what his severance package will be worth.
Nearly a month after Miami Beach’s city manager was forced to resign, the looming cost of his ouster is still unknown to the elected officials who pushed him out the door — and the taxpayers who will foot the bill.