Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order Friday evening removing Miami City Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla from office following his Thursday arrest for a host of corruption charges.
The order is effective immediately, it says.
Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican, faces charges of bribery, money laundering, criminal conspiracy and official misconduct involving the handling of campaign cash and gifts. State law allows the Governor to suspend elected leaders after arrests for felonies or misdemeanors.
“It is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Miami, and the citizens of the State of Florida, that Alejandro Diaz de la Portilla be immediately suspended from the public office he n...