1. Can you tell us more about your responsibilities as Pinecrest’s Village Clerk?  

As the clerk, I am responsible for giving notice of public meetings, maintaining an accurate record of Village Council proceedings, serving as supervisor of elections, administering the publication of the Village Code and Charter, and maintaining custody of the village’s vital records. However, the best part of my job is that there is no typical day. I’ve been fortunate to wear many hats over the years and have been involved in many aspects of our organization. 

 

2. Are you currently working on any special projects?

I am thrilled to be co-chairing the committee planning for the village’s 20th anniversary in 2016. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since our incorporation. We hope to mark this important milestone with a community event where all of Pinecrest can participate. Follow us on social media for updates – we’ll be using the hashtag #pinecrest20.

 

3. How long have you served as Pinecrest’s Village Clerk?

Almost as long as the village has been in existence… it will be 19 years this summer. I had the honor of serving as the acting clerk at the very first Village Council meeting, which was held at Pinecrest Elementary School. At the time, I was Key Biscayne’s clerk. But Mayor Evelyn Greer made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and by the summer of 1996, I became Pinecrest’s first official employee.

 

4. What are the most significant changes you have seen over the last 20 years?

Pinecrest’s founders set out to create an organization that would provide excellent municipal services, and we’ve done that, but the most significant change has been the blossoming of a community. In 1996, Pinecrest was just part of the larger Kendall area with no real identity or sense of community. In fact, in those early years, we typically had to explain to people where Pinecrest was located. Now, residents identify with Pinecrest and there is a sense of pride in the community, especially on quality-of-life issues… parks, police, education, cultural activities at Pinecrest Gardens, etc. In 2011, the South Florida Business Journal recognized us as one of the 10 best places in Florida for “quality of life.” 

 

5. Why did you choose public service?

As an eighth-grader in 1981, I remember staying in from recess to watch President Reagan’s inauguration. Something about that ceremony struck a chord and I became very interested in government. Of course, in high school I was involved in student government. At FIU, I studied political science. I then had amazing opportunities to work for some of our community’s great political leaders including U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and the late state Sen. Jack Gordon. I smile these days when I hear people talking about Jack Gordon Elementary School and Evelyn Greer Park. To most people, they’re just places; but I have fond memories of their namesakes as persons, mentors and bosses. I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention my parents. They have been the greatest source of inspiration, and the ethics and values they instilled in me and my brother have been the reason we have both excelled in public service.

 

6. What do you do for fun outside of work?

My family and I enjoy taking trips to our beloved retreat in the North Georgia Mountains. It is a major change of pace from the lifestyle in South Florida. As my wife says, it’s our time to recharge the batteries. I also greatly enjoy watching my 7-year-old son participate in sports, especially basketball, his favorite. 

 

7. Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?

God willing, I’ll be retiring in good health and be blessed with many years left to enjoy life with my family. I hope to look back and be proud of my work. The Village of Pinecrest has really been my life’s work. I often joke that I was still in my 20s when I came to Pinecrest. Where did the time go?