MiamiHerald / Amid rumors that his next destination could be Miami City Hall, the head of Miami International Airport has announced his departure.

Emilio González, a retired Army colonel who has overseen Miami’s massive aviation hub for the past four years, submitted his resignation Tuesday. He’ll officially resign as director and CEO of the airport Feb. 1 but will spend the holidays with his family while burning through a cache of unused leave time until then.

González’s exit from his $265,000-a-year post comes days after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez stripped him of his role overseeing retail leasing at the airport, which receives about $200 million in revenue from shops, kiosks and restaurants every year. But González said one had nothing to do with the other.

“It sounds kind of corny when people hear you want to spend time with your family, but it’s true. My grandson lives six blocks away and he’s five years old,” González told the Miami Herald. “I took this job because I thought it was exciting and an opportunity to serve. It’s a really cool job. But all along I’d told myself there will come a point where I’ll have to move on.”


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