Four years ago on July 3, 2012, when Kelvin Baker landed the top job in Opa-locka, I predicted that “this unholy union should keep the Miami New Times and the Miami Herald (and hopefully, this blog) in business for the next two decades.”
Even as I pointed out that Opa-locka was “arguably the most corrupt city in Florida, possibly the entire country,” I had no idea just how unholy this union would turn out to be.
As impossible as it seemed at the time, Opa-locka’s long and scandalous history of fraud and corruption took a turn for the worse after the Mayor and Commissioners hired the same former city manager who wreaked financial havoc in North Miami Beach until he was finally fired in 2010.
It should be noted that even before Kelvin Baker was promoted as the North Miami Beach city manager in 2008, he also served as the assistant city manager since 2004, and was previously the director of public services, including its water utility operation, for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. Continue reading