The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 37th class during this week's City Commission meeting. They join more than 600 citizens who now have a better insight into the workings of the City government.
Each Key West Ambassadors Academy class has been a special blend of dedicated citizens.
During the City Commission meeting, City Manager Patti McLauchlin congratulated Class 37, noting the dedication it takes to volunteer their time for 12 weeks of delving into the inner workings of city government.
"Great job," she said. "I want to thank you for your time, interest, and dedication. I sincerely appreciate it, and you will come back and share with me some of the things we can do to improve the City of Key West."
Two current city leaders -- Commissioners Clayton Lopez and Sam Kauffman – were elected after finishing this program. Other alumni have served as commissioners as well as sitting on a variety of other City boards.
The Key West Ambassadors Academy was established in 2003 by then-City Manager Julio Avael. Class 38 is slated to begin in mid-January. Applications will be available the first week in December.
In the photo from L to R: Front row: Judy Schultz, Roxanne Bean, Traci Herr. Middle row: Kat Simmons, Jill Sheff, Marilyn Kellner, Bill Bean, Toni Crowley. Back row: Mark Gardner, Dr. Bruce Guerdon, John Kloos, Bill Crowley, and Tiffany Moore.