- Faith & Family
Brian Finnie, the current city manager for the City of Opa-locka who is serving his second stink at the job, faced the City Commission last Wednesday with his future on the line. But in a 3-2 vote, the Commission decided to retain Finnie. He remains in place until his contract ends on June 30, 2012. The motion to remove him from his position had been submitted by City Commissioner Timothy Holmes, who chose not to comment. Finnie says he holds no animosity towards Holmes or any other member of the Commission.
“I am still the city clerk and I will continue to do my job,” Finnie said. “We have a democratic process and what happened during the meeting was part of that process. I was judged by it, found innocent and now it’s time to move forward.”
Finnie faced a total of 21 charges and says he responded to each of them.
“The person [Holmes] who raised the charges felt they were important — the vote of the Commission indicated otherwise,” Finnie added. “It’s important to note that those who sit on the Commission are volunteers. I was hired for the job. Each department has its goals and objectives — it’s my job to make sure they meet them. I think both the Commission and I all agree that we want to improve things for the people that live in Opa-Locka. It’s a good city with tremendous potential.”
Finnie was asked about concerns voiced by members of the Commission that there have been a number of city managers in recent years, making continuity difficult to achieve.
“I guess you would have to ask every city manager who’s been here over the last four years what they think but I was here before and I came back,” he said. “That means there must be something about this City that matters to me. We tend to focus on the negative more often than the positive. I knew what I would face when I returned and I was willing to meet the challenge.”
Mayor Myra Taylor declined comment.
By D. Kevin McNeir