Miami City Attorney Victoria Mendez Ousted After Commission Vote

Miami, FL (April 13, 2024): In a move that caps months of controversy, the Miami City Commission voted to terminate the contract of City Attorney Victoria Mendez. The vote, which took place on Thursday, April 11th, effectively ends Mendez’s 20-year tenure as the city’s top lawyer.

Mendez, the first woman and Hispanic to hold the position, was a lightning rod for criticism in recent months. She clashed with newly elected Commissioner Miguel Angel Gabela, who accused her of misconduct related to a legal challenge to his candidacy. Additionally, she faced scrutiny for her handling of lawsuits against the city, including those surrounding Commissioner Joe Carollo.

The decision to remove Mendez wasn’t unanimous. A 4-1 vote initially kept her on in an advisory role until June 11th. However, commissioners ultimately voted to end her employment entirely.

“Doing my job got Commissioner Gabela upset,” Mendez stated, referencing the conflict that likely played a role in her removal. She highlighted her accomplishments during her tenure, including being the longest-serving City Attorney in Miami history.

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The commission has formed a committee to find a replacement. John Greco, Mendez’s chief deputy, will serve as interim City Attorney until a permanent successor is chosen.

This decision comes amidst a period of change for Miami’s city government. With new commissioners on board, the political landscape has shifted, and the city attorney’s office will see new leadership for the first time in two decades.