|<30>Johnny Martinez brings engineering efficiency mentality to city hall as he tackles Miami's $61 million budget hole As the City of Miami's fourth manager in less than two years, Johnny Martinez is committed to leading South Florida's most populous municipality long term.
"I'm not thinking beyond," he said, "just keeping the city in good shape right now."
Mr. Martinez is a public-service veteran with more than 25 years of government experience with the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade County and now Miami.
His approach is simple: If it's legal, can be funded and benefits the public, "I have a very difficult time saying no," he said.
Mr. Martinez's take on tackling Miami's financial woes, which include a $61 million budget hole for fiscal 2012, is equally no frills.
Rather than turning to a bevy of moneymaking ideas, Mr. Martinez said he plans to look at vacancies, consolidate departments and cut costs.
Mr. Martinez detailed his strategies for sustainable fiscal reform, boosting employee morale and aiding the private sector with Miami Today staff writer Jacquelyn Weiner at Miami City Hall.
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