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Miami Resident Files Petition to Unseat New City Manager

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 After months of searching for Miami's new city manager, one man wants to unseat him and put the mayor back in charge, like he once was before the nineties.

Petitioner Steve Darnell says "Mainly it's just to change the style of government back. It puts people in, the fact, that they are more in control by talking to their councilman. The councilmen are in charge of different areas of the city and not just a city manager that does what his agenda is."

Steve Darnell filed this petition with the city attorney for a change in government about two weeks ago, but has yet to hear back from city officials.

Miami has thirty days to respond to Darnell's petition before he can start canvassing for signatures.

"We're patiently waiting. I get phone calls every day. Where can I sign the petition? Who has 'em. And there's a lot of people very anxious to see this done," states Darnell.

“I feel like the city manager is an okay deal, but I think the mayor should have more say so and that way the people have more say so,” says Miami resident Gerald Stanley.

"This is an ongoing process of the laboratory of democracy.  We're experimenting to see what is the best form of government to have in the city the size of Miami. And so we should be having this conversation,” says Dr. Birdsong, NEO Social Sciences Chair.

New City Manager Dean Kruithof has been in office for a week, and was formerly the city manager of Branson, Missouri.

"I understand that he came to us from another city…that he was going to take a job. But this is where he was born and raised and it's nice that he's coming back to manage the city that he probably loves so much!” says Miami Resident Sandy Bonmoss.

Kruithof graduated from Miami High School and NEO, but Darnell feels he's not in touch with the people.

“feel that the city managers have all built a great repertoire for their portfolio, but really had done nothing for the citizens of Miami.”

KOAM reached out to the city several times for a comment on the issue, but they denied our request.

In Miami, Diane Gerstenfeld, KOAM NEWS. 
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