“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.”
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I am extremely honored to 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 9 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 next year, I will work 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 much more, including continuing to advocate for home rule.
The FACM did a good job during the last legislative session 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 predecessor Bertha Henry, 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.
Please click here to meet FACM's 2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors.
FACM Immediate Past-President, Bertha Henry, was presented with a plaque from the Florida Association of County Managers by Roman Gastesi, FACM President, during the afternoon session of the Annual County Manager Workshop for her leadership and growth of the Association during her tenure as President of the Association. Ms. Henry expressed her appreciation and encouraged all members to continue to grow the Association.
FACM held its Annual Board Meeting on June 29, 2017 and elected its Officers for 2017-2018. Roman Gastesi, Monroe County Administrator, will serve as President, Charles Chapman, Hendry County Administrator, will serve as President-Elect, Stephanie Kopelousos, Clay County Administrator, will serve as Secretary and Jason Brown, Indian River County Administrator, will serve as Treasurer. Bertha Henry, Broward County Administrator, will serve as Immediate Past-President (not pictured).
Resources & Documents
Charter County Information
Past County Manager Workshop Materials