FACM provides a forum for county managers to develop professional relationships, discuss current and future issues affecting counties, and provide mentoring opportunities, education, advice and advocacy on statewide issues.
- Message From The President -
I am extremely honored to once again serve as President of the Florida Association of County Managers (FACM). It’s an exciting and challenging time for our 67 counties across the state – from the fabulous Florida Keys of Monroe County, where I am privileged to live and work, to the Panhandle and everyplace in between. Florida is a remarkable state because of our unique and diverse geography, culture and politics. We also share many common issues and problems. These are best addressed – and the results are most positive – when we all work together.
We also all benefit when we share and learn from each other. What works? What does not? How did you handle this issue? How did you solve that problem? During my 10 years in this organization, I have returned from FACM conferences, meetings and networking opportunities with many ideas and insights that have been beneficial to Monroe County. I encourage all of us to soak up the wisdom and lessons learned from other County Administrators and Managers – and their staffs. Whether you are a small, rural county like Monroe, or a large urban one, I want everyone in the Florida Association of Counties to have a voice. And, when all our voices come together on common important issues, it’s difficult for state and federal legislators to ignore us.
Over the last two years, I have worked hard to energize and unite us on these common important issues that affect our citizens and our county governments across Florida. These issues include:
• Supporting the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program;
• Exchanging information and brainstorming about the impacts of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change on local government infrastructure;
• Dealing with the risings costs of health insurance for local government employees; and
• And much more, including continuing to advocate for home rule.
FACM has contributing significantly during past legislative sessions to stop legislation that would have eroded home rule. I am committed to continuing the effort during the next legislative session. Counties must also continue to speak with a unified voice when proposed state legislation would hurt local government agendas.
Like my predecessors, I too am committed to initiatives that educate our legislature on the value of county government. As County Administrators and Managers, we all know what we do each day to improve the quality of life of our residents, businesses and visitors. We all need to work with our elected officials to hammer home this message with state legislators.
I encourage everyone to contribute as much time, wisdom, ideas and energy as you can to this organization. We have done so much good work in the past, but some challenges continue and new ones will continue to pop up in the future.
I am always just a phone call away – and, of course, you all have a standing invitation to meet me in the Keys.
March 27, 2019
FAC Legislative Day
Each year during the height of the Legislative Session, FAC hosts our legislative day. Commissioners and staff are encouraged to come to Tallahassee to assist in […]
March 27, 2019
2019 County Manager Roundtable
The 2019 FACM County Manager Legislative Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day. The roundtable is open to ALL […]