For Immediate Distribution
January 24, 2013
Media Contact: Natalie French
Doral Council Members Graduate from Intense IEMO Course
Doral, FL - Three members of the Doral Council - Vice-Mayor Sandra Ruiz, Councilmember Ana Maria Rodríguez and Councilmember Christi Fraga , have recently graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). Started 20 years ago as a way to educate newly-elected officials on the intricacies of municipal government in a cost-effective manner, the IEMO grew out of a partnership between the Florida League of Cities (FLC) and the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government.
"The IEMO is an outstanding vehicle for elected and newly elected officials to continue our education. As members of the City of Doral Council, we are thankful to the Florida League of Cities for this opportunity to assist us in serving our constituents," stated Vice-Mayor Ruiz.
The intense 16-hour course allows IEMO participants learn about aspects of municipal government from a voluntary faculty. Topics include municipal government structure, revenue components and governmental accounting for cities, as well as intergovernmental relations and council relationships. The courses are taught by some of the most respected experts in the state. Class sizes are kept small allowing participants to network and share ideas with other elected officials in a small group setting. Many IEMO graduates claim that through this idea-sharing they have been able to develop solutions to local problems.
"I commend these officials for completing the class; it is a great municipal overview and very Florida-specific. The League and the Institute of Government are proud of this program offered through FLC University! As you know, Florida is comprised of people from all over the world, and civic knowledge is a critical factor for the success of Florida’s communities," said FLC President Manny Maroño, Mayor of Sweetwater.