The Key West Ambassadors Academy graduated its 36th class during the May 3rd City Commission meeting. Seventeen enthusiastic citizens participated in the class. 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 unique blend of dedicated, involved citizens.
During the City Commission meeting, City Manager Patti McLauchlin congratulated Class 36, noting the dedication it takes to volunteer their time for 12 weeks of delving into the inner workings of city government.
"The Ambassadors play an important role in helping us better understand and serve the community," she told them. "I look forward to seeing you as you stay involved in your City government. Thank you, again, for your dedication."
After finishing this program, two current city leaders -- Commissioner Clayton Lopez and Vice-Mayor Sam Kauffman, were elected. Other alumni have served as commissioners and sat on various other City boards.
The Key West Ambassadors Academy was established in 2003 by then-City Manager Julio Avael. Class 37 is slated to begin in mid-July. Applications will be available the first week in June.
The photo from L to R: Tunie Hamlen, Christine Cordone Smith, Brice Cook, Tyler Sheff, Kawana Staffney, Hannah Edwards, Trisha Delaney, and Kevin Theriault. Back row: Mike deBettencourt, Jim Marquardt, Brandon Jones, Lou Delaney, and Phil Cook. Not shown: Ken Bruner, Colleen Mahoney, and Mike Tierney.