Crapp quits post as city manager

admin | 9/11/2011, 9:01 a.m.

Resignation effective immediately Its been less than six months, but for Miamis City Manager Tony Crapp, Jr., 38, it may have seemed like a lifetime. Crapp, the second Black to hold the position and the third city manager in 16 months, stepped down on Monday from the Citys top administrative position. He has accepted an offer from a Broward County firm as a lobbyist. He was unwilling to name the company. But he did say that his decision was the best move for him professionally and for his family. Every city manager will always have their own set of challenges and issues to face, he said. Mine included the police-involved shootings and a huge budget deficit, but I never felt any real pressure. Actually we made great progress despite having such a short amount of time we increased and improved the dialogue between City administration and the City police chief and after I took office, we didnt have to deal with any more police-involved shootings. They took place in other jurisdictions but not in the City of Miami. Crapp proudly points to his roots in Liberty City and says that while he is moving on to another job, that he remains committed to seeing crime reduced and the community made safer for all citizens. We need more educational programs and more mentoring opportunities for youth so that they can begin to realize that there are alternatives to being on street corners where violent crimes tend to occur, he said. Even in my stead as city manager, I realized that I was only one man. And it is going to take a whole lot more than one man, one politician, one preacher or even one community leader to solve the many problems that our City now faces. Crapp leaves City Hall after a 15-year history of service and says he has no regrets. Actually, 15 years is much longer than the average tenure and its been unique there have been some fascinating political issues at play. I would admit that being Black, coming from the Black community and then being the second Black city manager created all kinds of new dynamics. But at the end of the day, I remain proud to have held the position and stand on my accomplishments. Its now time to start the second phase of my career. And I am ready. Assistant City Manager Johnny Martinez will replace Crapp. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com