Vote For Miami's Worst Cop of 2012
Why he is the worst: Gomez may have escaped criminal prosecution to begin 2012, but he couldn't escape the ax before the end of the year. Doral interim city manager Merrett Stierheim terminated Gomez after reviewing a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report detailing an investigation into Gomez and possible bid-rigging and misuse of funds that began in April 2011.
Agents for FDLE were prepared to arrest Gomez, but prosecutors declined to press charges and closed the case this past January. The investigation found that Gomez abused his official position by having a city vendor foot the bill for his swearing-in ceremony at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa and helped another vendor win a contract to provide furniture for his new office.
Stierheim told CBS4 he got rid of Gomez because he was dismayed by an intimidating and insular culture the chief created when reviewing the files. He also raised concerns over the way Gomez would hire and fire employees and the morale in the department.
Gomez has repeatedly denied any wrong doing and alleged that the the investigation was initiated by former city council members and Stierheim's predecessor based on bogus allegations. Still, when he's comparing his dismissal to being treated like one of the jihadists responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, Gomez doesn't deserve any sympathy.
The day after he was fired, Gomez proclaimed at a press conference: "I felt like I was a member of al-Qaida being taken off to Gitmo, it was really ridiculous."
No, Ricky. You're ridiculous.