Joe Carollo settles with Doral; comes back as city manager for half a day

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Former Doral City Manager Joe Carollo is back — at least for a few hours.

The ousted city manager returned to that post Wednesday morning and said he would hand in a resignation letter at Doral City Hall at 1:30 p.m. The move is part of a settlement agreement under which he was given his job back for a day on the condition that he resign. He will be paid $50,000.

The Doral City Council fired Carollo in 2014, after he had served in the job 15 month. Carollo said he was fired in retaliation for reporting corruption and campaign finance violations by former mayor Luigi Boria and two council members, Sandra Ruiz and Christine Fraga.

He later filed a lawsuit, claiming that his termination violated his First Amendment free speech rights and Florida whistleblower laws.

Late last year, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled that, in regard to the First Amendment violations, Carollo was not acting as a public employee, but rather as a private citizen, and allowed the case to move forward. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ultimately upheld her ruling.

Before serving as the Doral city manager, Carollo was the mayor of Miami. He is currently running for the District 3 commission seat in the city of Miami, currently held by his brother.

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