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Opa-Locka city manager resigns

caines | 7/4/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Finnie: Its time . . . for a new coach

The on-again-off-again relationship between Opa-Locka City Manager Brian Finnie and the City of Opa-Locka has apparently reached its conclusion. Finnie resigned last Wednesday during the City Commission meeting. Finnie submitted his letter of resignation to the commission and it immediately added to the agenda. In a resolution that passed 4-1, Finnie will remain at his post until July 27th and leave with a severance pay check in the amount of $17,510. Finnie was first hired in 2008 as interim city manager. He resigned in December 2010 after the commission passed him over for the permanent position. Then in June 2011, the commission changed its mind and asked Finnie to return this time as city manager. But earlier this year, he faced the possibility of losing his job. However, in a 3-2 vote, the commission decided to retain him. He had faced a total of 21 charges but was able to respond to each of them to the satisfaction of the commission. In statements made to the press, Finnie said the following. I just felt that it was time. It has not been an easy job but the city is on track now. I think it will benefit from a new coach. Opa-Locka Mayor Myra Taylor says she wishes Finnie well. He is a young, bright man and I hope only the best for him, she said. In his letter he said he wanted to be closer to his family. It seems that his time with us has finally run its course. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com