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For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2012
Media Contact:
Fernando Figueredo
figueref@miamidade.gov
305-375-1545

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez statement regarding Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Brian Beckmann

Mayor Gimenez is out of town and available for interviews on Tuesday, May 15, during the Board of County Commissioners Meeting


I support the decision made by the department director.

The comments made by Captain Beckmann were reprehensible and will not be tolerated. We can't have our employees, especially a supervisor, making such disparaging comments about any member of our community, much less one of our own employees.

In order to avoid this from happening in the future, I have directed my staff to revise the appropriate policies dealing with this issue.  It is important to reiterate my position that public servants have a responsibility to uphold the highest levels of integrity and decency, especially when you consider our multicultural, multi-ethnic community.  There's no such thing as being off-the-clock; we are public servants 24/7 and must conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism at all times.