Mayor Carlos Gimenez Gave New Seaport Chief a 69 Percent Pay Raise

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Juan Kuryla is no longer thirsty.
Juan Kuryla must be the happiest man working for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who recently announced he wants property owners to swallow a 5 percent tax rate hike to balance his proposed budget. On April 29, Mayor Carlos Gimenez promoted Kuryla from deputy seaport director to the head honcho at the Port of Miami, giving the 25-year county veteran a $120,000 annual salary bump to $290,000.

Kuryla went from midlevel, six-figure bureaucrat to county-hall baller. He is now the second-highest-paid Miami-Dade employee behind County Attorney Robert Cuevas, who earns $317,000 annually and whose last raise came in 2008. We guess Gimenez can always argue he kept Kuryla on his team despite offering $10,000 less per year than the Jacksonville Port Authority. Shortly after getting his raise, Kuryla turned down JaxPort's offer to be its chief executive.

The opportunity to give Kuryla a ludicrous pay raise presented itself when the current Miami-Dade seaport director, Bill Johnson, got the inside track to become chief executive of the Beacon Council, the publicly and privately funded economic development agency, according to the blog Eye On Miami.

How ridiculous is Kurlya's new salary? Consider:

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He is making $19,950 more a year than New York Gov. Andrew Coumo.

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He is making $27,649 more a year than what the county paid Johnson, the career bureaucrat he's replacing.

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He is making $30,300 more a year than outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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He is making $91,000 more a year than Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson, who has more years as a county employee yet received only a 14 percent pay raise in February.

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And he is making $161,028 more a year than Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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1979pedrosoto
1979pedrosoto

Take away our Library and reduce our education budget, give salary increases by the pennies to teachers. Increase our taxes, threaten us if we don't vote for the increase that your fire department will be cut because they don't have the budget for it. Increase speeding tickets, increase parking fees, add more highway tolls and proliferate these tolls to US1 as planned (these politicians aren't worried about these taxes because they drive wasting gas, drive past tolls, eating out at expensive dinners as they have a budget for spending on their travel expenses and miscellaneous). Spend millions to build a stadium for team owners who call you stupid (which they are right), but you have the right to increase a salary for of your peers well into the 6 figures when the educators the real educators are in the low 5 digits. I assume we have the budget for their salary and what ever they want box seats for family and friends at the stadium and other miscellaneous items.I guess education isn't as important as being a legal and legally licensed crook.

frank_arouet
frank_arouet

I did a little research since MNT "journalists" don't have time to do stuff like that when it's much more fun to trash people. The Port Director at Tampa gets paid $350K plus benefits.  The offer to the new Director at Jacksonville is $330K plus benefits.  The new Director at Oakland is getting $325 plus benefits.  Seems pretty consistent range for Port Directors.  Oh and tying the tax hike to the salary is a bit disingenuous if not downright irresponsible for a...ahem...journalist since airport and port salaries don't come from taxpayer rolls but from revenues generated.  

mahalo2011
mahalo2011

A $120k pay raise?! How sick. This is another disgusting display of cronyism by Carlos Gimenez.Every department director and deputy mayor hired by Gimenez has been appointed without a job advertisement, job interview, or competition. That is known in the fields of public administration and business administration as a worst practice. The public deserves the best possible people in government jobs which can only be obtained by a legitimate competitive recruitment process.

I don't think anyone is more disappointed in Gimenez than me. I actually believed in him in when he first ran in 2010. Count me in as someone who was fooled.

P.S. Doesn’t Juan Kuryla’s wife pull down six figures at the Seaport working for her husband as a “governmental affairs” liaison? Anyone else see a problem with that?

Orion24
Orion24

CROOKS and nothing happens...let's learn from Brazil.

SickNTired
SickNTired

And Scaminez wants us to swallow a tax hike that he has wrapped in the Pets Trust issue. This guy is like all the rest of our elected officials, Fuck You Miami.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

having to MATCH jax is NOT the real issue to "keep him"

having someone NEW come in, and maybe someone HONEST to come in, and find the skeletons would be very incriminating to many on the existing roster - no ?

these jobs should rotate and or have term limits to avoid someone embedded for twenty or more years covering up wrongdoings and bribes and pay-offs and kick-backs or sweet-heart deals to friends and rleatives = period

and really someone retired and having the experience and time should VOLUNTEER for these positions

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

for MIAMI it's really not that much IF it includes kick-backs and bribes at the PORT

otherwise we can just lay-off another dozen or so second grade teachers since the kids are too stupid to learn anything and no one can afford college anymore anyway

hey but we got a $562,ooo,ooo baseball stadium - right ?

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

cant wait for election day

HughJ
HughJ

Gene Ore hit the nail right on the head.  It's time for this county administration to reduce salaries that are bloated beyond belief in comparison to private sector jobs in addition to state and other county jobs.  The IT employees are paid insane wage rates compared to the private sector.  I was hoping Mayor Jimenez would do something about the high wage and benefits paid by the county but apparently not.

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Please, aside from the obligatory class-baiting by MNT, be real. This whole damn city runs in large part because of that seaport. Without it there wouldn't be any money for jack. Of course it needs to be a high paying position.

Gene Ore
Gene Ore

All County - City salaries are so out of whack it is an insult the taxpayers. Add the benefits, paid holidays, sick days. You should do an indepth article on this. Start with federal, state, counties, cities. You will see how out of balance they are. Not to mention that alot are double dipping.

Sarah Sarlay
Sarah Sarlay

Maybe the keyword here is the "69". He must be f-ing the right people. This entire country is now run by crooks.

Bling King
Bling King

That's why this place is going to shit let's pay this idiot more and forget about or children in schools keep it up folks, keep voting for all these corrupt piece of shits in Florida

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