||Key West welcomed Julio
Avael back home in 1996. After graduating from Key West High School
in 1962, he spent many years throughout the state and even as far
away as Lake Tahoe, NV before returning to the City of his birth and
many of his family and friends.
Key West is the place where he grew up
listening to the clatter of dominoes, smelling Cuban cigar tobacco, Cuban
Black Beans, café con leche, Cuban bread and the sound of near-by
roosters in the early mornings. He spent his youth playing with friends
and visiting with family in a time when the island was much simpler. A
time when city curfew was 9 PM and movies cost 10 cents.
Avael's long career in public administration began as a juvenile court
counselor for Monroe County, where he became Division of Youth Services
Probation and Parole District Supervisor before leaving for Tallahassee.
Avael served as North Florida Regional Director for the Bureau of
Community Services, Division of Youth Services North Florida and as
Florida Economic Services Program Analyst/Supervisor for the Department of
Health Rehabilitative Services. He later became Department of Human
Services Director for Lee County and then Lee County Administrator, where
he was responsible for a $1 billion budget and managed 2,000 employees.
Avael took a turn out west as County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada.
While in the Lake Tahoe area, Avael enjoyed the snow, the mountains,
cross-country skiing, and, of course, a little gambling.
When the position for City Manager of Key West opened, Avael jumped at the
chance for the opportunity to get back home. He now works with childhood
friends he had not seen in nearly 30 years. In fact, during his interview
he recognized the faces of old friends in the audience.
Avael has plans for making the City run more effectively and efficiently
and started the ball rolling in that direction upon arriving back in Key
West. Since he began his tenure here six years ago, Avael has required
many city departments to become state and/or nationally certified. He also
instituted a formal computerization and training program, which achieved,
with help from the Information Technology Department, three awards for the
City's website www.keywestcity.com.
These awards include First Place in the 12th Annual "People's Choice
Awards", presented by local radio station WKEY, and two separate
Golden Web Awards from the International Association of Webmasters and Designers,
and the American Association of Webmasters. He also began implementing
management initiatives espoused by nationally known authors and
consultants such as David Osborne, Ken Blanchard, Dr. Spencer Johnson and
City of Key West residents have for the first time in its history become
involved in the decision-making process through Avael's Citywide summits.
The City's mission, vision, core value statements and goals and objective
were established with input from the City's cross-section of residents.
Moreover, hot topics such as parking, transportation, traffic, affordable
housing, homeless, cleanliness of the City and surrounding waters and
environmental concerns were addressed communally by residents, City
Commissioners and City associates. In addition to building partnerships
with the community, Avael established, what appears to be the first Police
Action Team in the country. If you were to visit City departments you
would immediately notice teams of associates meeting working together
solving problems of the City.
From the summits, the Trust in Government Committee was formed from
members of the business and residential community. The committee has
surveyed the city's residents over the past several years and from that
input the City has fine-tuned its performance.
Throughout much of his professional life, Avael also attended school full
time. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida
International University and a master's of public administration from Nova
University. In 1991, he received a scholarship to attend the Senior
Executive Program in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he
studied under former Secretary of Labor Dr. Robert Reich.
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