Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission have proclaimed April as Leadership Monroe County Month in honor of the organization's 30th anniversary.
The non-profit organization has been educating and informing county leaders for 30 years to develop strong, dedicated leaders working for a sense of community throughout Monroe County.
As Class 30 graduates this spring, the organization has had more than 650 community leaders participate. They represent the Florida Keys business community, educational institutions, governmental entities, health care facilities and practices, arts organizations, and other professions.
“The City of Key West and Monroe County citizens have benefitted greatly from the educational information provided by Leadership Monroe County to its graduates,” reads the proclamation.
Leadership Monroe County Board President Chuck Licis-Masson and a number of graduates representing different classes accepted the honor.
“Leadership actually began here in Key West,” said Licis-Masson. “It was started by the Chamber of Commerce and later moved to the county as a non-profit.”
He noted that Class 30 will be having a graduation celebration in Marathon on Saturday, April 29, at the Marathon Community Park.
Mayor Johnston, in the proclamation, said she congratulates “Leadership Monroe County on its thirtieth anniversary of teaching and linking leaders of the Florida Keys, and commends this organization for its outstanding efforts to improve our community through education and information exchange.”
The proclamation was sponsored by Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover, Clayton Lopez, Jimmy Weekley, Billy Wardlow, Lissette Carey, and Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman.