The Miami-Dade Ethics Commission has some advice for Opa-locka's mayor: Listen to your city attorney.
The commission issued a reprimand to Mayor Myra Taylor for promoting a city measure to fund her own nonprofit in spite of advice from Fort Lauderdale lawyer Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who served as Opa-locka city attorney.
In late 2009, she advised Taylor against garnering support for a city resolution funding a nonprofit found and led by the mayor.
Taylor instead "pontificated about such interest at the city's December commission meeting," according to the reprimand.
Norris-Weeks resigned soon after the last meeting and was replaced by Joseph Geller, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer with Greenspoon Marder and a veteran municipal attorney.
The commission lambasted Taylor for ignoring Norris-Weeks' advice, saying if she "heeded that advice, we would not be reprimanding her today."