The seemingly dead political career of outspoken ex-Miami mayor Joe Carollo is getting new life in Doral.
Doral mayor Luigi Boria has appointed Carollo city manager, a move that the city council approved unanimously Wednesday night. Carollo replaces former Miami-Dade County Superintendent Of Schools and interim manager Merritt Stierheim, who told the Miami Herald hiring Carollo was "a terrible decision."
Carollo -- whose new job is worth $144,000 annually -- has a storied career in Miami politics. It all began in 1977 when he unsuccessfully ran for the Miami city commission. He then won a seat in 1979, where he became known as a confrontational firebrand.
After earning the nickname "Crazy Joe" during a controversial tenure, Carollo's burgeoning career was halted in 1987 when he lost reelection.
But after a few years in business, Carollo was elected mayor of Miami in a 1996 special election to finish the term of local stalwart Stephen P. Clark, who succumbed to cancer in office. After losing an outright bid for re-election in 1997 to Xavier Suarez, Carollo successfully sued over allegations of voter fraud and ascended again in 1998.
His three-year tenure at Miami's helm was wrought with both successes and unforgettable missteps, and, well, check out his most memorable moments -- including the infamous Teapot Incident -- to learn a few of the reasons he wasn't elected again: