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South Florida

Administrator Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter American Society for Public Administration

Editor’s Corner

Special points of interest:

Spring 2016

· Introducing Dr. Jared J. Llorens…………………pg. 4 · ASPA South Florida Celebrates Retirement of Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon……………..pp. 5-6

· Student Scholarship Recipients…………… 7 · Chapter Honors League of Women Voters……… 8 · ASPA 2016 Honorees to be Recognized at Annual Awards Reception……pg. 10

Inside this issue: President’s Message


Student Representative Spot


Upcoming Events, Past Events


Member Benefits


Career Planning Advice for PA Students and Transitioning Professionals


Notes from District 3 Representative




About ASPA 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors, How to Join Get in Touch


Sheryl St. Pierre, MPA Newsletter Editor, ASPA South Florida Chapter

This spring, the ASPA South Florida Chapter takes time to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of individuals and organizations engaged in public service at two annual events.

Past chapter presidents, Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon retire from MiamiDade County, and receive heartfelt accolades from ASPA members, colleagues, friends, and family. Two promising students receive the Natacha Seijas Women in Public Service Scholarship, and the ASPA South Florida General Scholarship.

Chapter President, Dr. Terry Murphy reminds public administrators of the

importance of civic engagement, and being informed, active voters.

President-Elect, Dr. Agatha Caraballo describes how successful careerbuilding starts with a solid plan. Second generation ASPA member, Dr. Jared Llorens greets chapter members in his first “Notes from District 3 Representative.”

ASPA applauds the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts for earning national recognition as the 2016 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award recipient for achieving paperless operations across eight court locations. Enjoy the issue.

Visit our new website and follow us on social media for details on upcoming events. Becoming a member of the ASPA South Florida Chapter makes you a part of the leading professional association for public administrators in Florida. Join today!

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President’s Message

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In the United States, the ruling officials at every level of government are elected. Public employees, like all citizens, should embrace the privilege and opportunity to select their governing officials. Unfortunately, too many public administrators choose to sit on the sidelines during election season. Don’t be one of them.

Dr. Terry Murphy

President, ASPA South Florida Chapter

“The citizens want clean

drinking water, reliable transit service,

professional law enforcement, emergency services, efficient


well-maintained parks and


libraries. And, we do too.”

As students of public administration, we are all familiar with the most enduring theoretical construct in our field: the politics-administration dichotomy model. We often invoke the model to keep politics out of the administrative functions of government. But no one has ever suggested that administrators should not exercise their right to vote. On Election Day, don’t let that theoretical line separating politics from administration keep you from the polls. As the most engaged and informed citizens, public administrators should be setting the example of voting in every election. Take the time to become familiar with the people who want to run your government. Exercise your right to vote, and set an example for your friends and family.

It is important that we elect public officials who share our values and are fully committed to excellence in public service. A governor, mayor or state legislator can make decisions that directly impact your career as a public administrator. The terms of a labor contract, the quality of healthcare benefits, and the reliability of a retirement system are all decisions made by elected officials. Policy direction from these same officials could privatize your department or outsource your job. Elected officials make crucial decisions all the time that directly impact your livelihood. As professionals in the field of public administration, and members of the American Society for Public Administration, we believe that public service is an expression of the collective will of society. The routine tasks we perform are the service priorities set by our community. The citizens want clean drinking water, reliable transit service, professional law enforcement, emergency services, efficient regulation, well-maintained parks and well-stocked libraries. And, we do too. This election season is upon us. Local, state, and federal candidates are asking for your vote. Make sure you are properly registered to vote in the upcoming August 30, 2016 election. You must register 29 days prior to an election. If you want to change your address, change your party affiliation, update your signature, or request to “vote by mail,” you should go online today and contact your Department of Elections. Go vote!

Terry Murphy, PhD

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Launching a Public Sector Career with a Successful Professional Development Plan

A formalized professional development plan can be extremely useful for both students and young professionals who are launching into a public sector career, as well as for midlevel or advanced practitioners who are transitioning. A successful professional development plan should assess personal goals, life skills, education, experience, professional network, and resources; and then develop a strategy to achieve objectives.

To start, the candidate should determine the function of public service that is personally compatible, whether it be related to the economy, efficiency or equity, and then identify related public sector organizations. For example, someone who has a strong interest in environmental issues may be interested in pursuing a career with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a local Water Management District, Parks and Recreation Department, or various

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relevant nonprofit organizations.

Investigate the job titles and qualifications of positions associated with your area of interest. Seek out professional organizations, conferences, or other networking events that will allow for opportunities to interact and connect with practitioners. Determine which areas and skill sets are in high demand and look into related degrees or specialized certificates that are compatible.

Dr. Agatha Caraballo President-Elect, ASPA South Florida Chapter

Furthermore, identify and apply for relevant scholarships, grants, internships and fellowships. Become a volunteer, join an advisory board, seek out mentors, attend public hearings, join alumni associations, and otherwise become engaged within your desired field.

Lastly, reach out to an ASPA member for advice and guidance. We are happy to help!

Student Representative Spot Greetings! Spring semester has been successfully completed. Congratulations to all of the graduates! I hope that you have already made the decision to join ASPA South Florida chapter and be part of an awarding organization. If you are still contemplating the myriad of reasons why you should join the chapter, here are a few more that are bound to convince you to become a member today: The ASPA South Florida Chapter is recognized by Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA), and the ASPA National Annual Conference

as the most active and dynamic chapter in the state of Florida. The chapter’s annual Best Practices Conference has been bringing seasoned local experts together for 10 consecutive years. It provides a forum and network for public and nonprofit sector professionals to share proven know-how and innovative practices. The Women’s History Month celebration has been honoring and connecting women in public service and the community for 13 years.

Rody Tamara Veras Chapter Student Representative, ASPA South Florida Chapter

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Continued from pg. 3 Student Representative Spot

Each year our membership is growing to provide an increasingly robust network of public sector professionals.

The chapter conducted a member survey from April to mid-May 2016 to collect data from members regarding their satisfaction with ASPA South Florida’s programs and services. We received important feedback from respondents, including this quote: “I recommend ASPA membership

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to graduate students, especially, since the rates are extremely reasonable, and it does offer career opportunities.” We are currently analyzing the survey results, and look forward to sharing more with you in our summer newsletter.

South Florida Chapter would not be successful without the support and participation of our members, local leaders and communities.

Notes from Dr. Jared J. Llorens, District 3 Representative

Dr. Jared J. Llorens District 3 Representative, ASPA National Council

I would like to start by saying that I am honored and excited to be begin my service to ASPA’s South Florida Chapter as the newly elected District 3 Representative on ASPA’s National Council. I look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the organization. As a second generation member, ASPA has always been a presence in both my personal and professional life. As the son of a retired federal civil servant and retired higher education administrator, the value of public service was instilled in me at an early age. I have been an active member of ASPA for over a decade, having previously served as the Chair of the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR) and on numerous ASPA committees. I am currently the Director of the Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University, where I have been on faculty since 2009. After completing my undergraduate studies at Loyola University at New Orleans in 1996, I moved to Austin, Texas to attend the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon receiving my Master of Public Affairs degree in 1999, I was selected as a finalist for the federal government’s Presidential Management Internship program where I worked as a human resources specialist with both the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Labor until 2003. Following my federal service, I enrolled in the University of Georgia’s doctoral program in public administration. Upon graduation in 2007, I accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Kansas and later accepted a position at Louisiana State University in my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

My scholarly interests are focused on public sector human resource management, with a particular emphasis on compensation, recruitment and personnel reform. I recently took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Sage journal, Public Personnel Management, and I am a co-author of the textbook Public Personnel Management: Contexts and Strategies, 6th ed. As your District 3 representative, I want to affirm my commitment to both voicing your concerns to the National Council and working to ensure the

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Continued from pg. 4 Notes from Dr. Jared J. Llorens, District 3 Representative

continued success of the South Florida Chapter, one of ASPA’s most active and engaged chapters.

For upcoming ASPA in District 3, I want to make you aware of the upcoming SECoPA conference to be held October 13-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. In response to the recent passage of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the SECoPA Board issued a formal statement calling for the repeal of the legislation and submitted letters to both the North Carolina

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General Assembly and the Governor Pat McCrory pointing out the Act’s departure from ASPA’s Code of Ethics. While deciding against the cancelation of the conference, the SECoPA Board and conference program committee created a new conference track, “Diversity, Inclusion, and LGBT Rights,” to specifically address how legislation like the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act will impact the ethical responsibilities of public administrators and ongoing commitments to social equity and non-discrimination.

ASPA South Florida Celebrates Retirement of Long-Time Members Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon

By Roslyn Alic-Batson, Communications Chairperson, ASPA South Florida Chapter

The American Society for Public Administration South Florida Chapter on Friday, April 22, 2016 hosted members and friends at a special retirement luncheon to recognize the long-time dedication of past presidents Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon. Over 50 well-wishers gathered at the landmark Casa Juancho, an atmospheric hacienda-styled restaurant famed for its authentic Spanish cuisine, located in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. With a combined seventy-four years of service to the visitors and residents of MiamiDade County, Steve and Bill will be missed. Chapter President Terry Murphy cited with admiration of the work and successes achieved by Steve and Bill over the years as public administrators. Terry who was not quite ready to let go of the long-time members, suggested that retirement means that they will now have more free time to devote to ASPA.

Above: Steven Bobes (l) with his wife Mary Lou Bobes and mother Frances Bobes pose alongside friend and colleague Bill Solomon (r) with his wife Nancy Solomon.

Everyone in attendance rose from their seats to recollect the impact made by the two gentlemen as devoted ASPA members. The ASPA South Florida Board of Directors presented Bill and Steve with special awards characterizing their journey on the path to the next chapter of their life.

Steven Bobes, who retired in March 2016, was an employee of Miami-Dade County for 37 years. During his tenure, Steve served as the Administrative Officer in charge of the County’s For-Hire Transportation Division within the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. Steve

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Continued from pg. 5 Retirement of Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon

Bill Solomon, who retired in April after 37 years, served as Division Chief for Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. He was in charge of contract management, capital inventory, fleet management, warehousing and procurement. Bill became an ASPA member in December, 1980 because membership in ASPA was considered a required professional affiliation at the University of Miami Masters of Public Administration program. Bill served as a member of the ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors starting in 1985, becoming Chapter President in 1989 and again later in his career. In the interim, he was elected to the ASPA National

became an ASPA member in 1990 when told by his professor how important it was to be involved in a professional organization and how ASPA was the professional association for public administrators. Steve was the longest serving treasurer for the chapter. Prior to holding that position, he served on the Board of Directors and was a past president of the chapter. In addition to his service to the chapter, over the years he also served numerous roles at national and regional levels including chair of the national ASPA Finance Committee and President of the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (SECoPA). When asked, “What next?” Steve replied, “Look for a job.”

Council in the mid-nineties and became President of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) in 1998. Bill served on the Conference Committee for the ASPA National Conference held in Miami in 1989 and 2009. He was also the host committee chair for SECoPA held in Miami in 1996. Both Bill and Steven served as cochairs for SECoPA 2012 held in Coral Springs. Bill has attended almost all SECoPA and ASPA national conferences, has presented on panels, and served on various committees. When asked, “What next?” Bill replied, ”Take a break, go fishing, and attend ASPA events whenever possible.” The Board of Directors would like to express its gratitude for the enduring impact made by Steven Bobes and Bill Solomon.

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Congratulations 2016 Student Scholarship Recipients

Rody Veras, Bachelor of Public Administration senior year student at Florida International University received the Natacha Seijas Women in Public Service scholarship award, $1000.00.

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Monica Bustinza, Bachelor of Political Science senior year student at the University of Miami received the ASPA South Florida General Scholarship award, $1000.00.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 23, 2016—The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter will host its 2016 Annual Awards Reception at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, from 6pm to 9pm. The chapter will recognize the achievements and engagement of eight honorees: Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami (Public Administrator of the Year); Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts, Miami-Dade County (Elected Official of the Year); Howard A. Frank, Professor and Chair, Florida International University (Public Administration Educator of the Year); Morris Copeland, Director, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department (Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award); John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Non-profit Organization of the Year); Miami Workers Center (Community Advocacy Award); Sheryl St. Pierre (Chapter Member of the Year); and, Maria Rendon (Student Member of the Year).

Tickets are $30 for ASPA members and $50 for non-members. Purchase tickets online at RSVP by email at or call Roslyn Alic-Batson at (305) 375-5658. Friday, August 26, 2016—President’s Reception, La Loggia Restaurant, Miami, FL, 6pm to 9pm. Friday, September 2, 2016—Miami Dolphins game, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, 7pm to 10pm.

Past Events

On May 26th, the ASPA South Florida Chapter and the League of Women Voters of Miami Dade County co-hosted Cocktails and Conversations: Money and Politics in Miami-Dade, an event held at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. During the event, Niaya Cason from Accountable Miami Dade informed attendees about the campaign finance initiative to limit campaign contributions, and ban certain contractor contributions in Miami-Dade County races. Ms. Cason also spoke about the petition drive to place the issue on the November ballot.

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ASPA South Florida Recognizes League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County at 13th Annual Women's History Month Reception

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By Melissa Dynan and Estephanie Escobar, Board Members, ASPA South Florida Chapter On March 31st, ASPA South Florida honored the outstanding contributions and leadership of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County at its 13th Annual Women's History Month reception held at Casa Juancho. The League has an ongoing presence in Miami-Dade County. The organization has been encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. Maribel Balbin described the two terms she has served as President as rewarding. She is proud to tell others that the Miami-Dade County chapter has the most diverse board of directors of all League of Women Voters chapters in the nation.

President Maribel Balbin also noted some of the emerging issues actively addressed by the League’s board. Maribel Balbin touched upon the importance of this year’s presidential election as well as the range of issues that will be on the ballot impacting all levels of government. Among its recent accomplishments, the League’s efforts in the redistricting decision, and the halt of two gun bills which would have permitted campus-carry and open carry of guns, have proved successful. Additionally, the League was part of a local coalition that successfully in obtaining a sea level rise legislative line item in the county budget last year.

Above: League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County board members (l to r), Sara Hernandez, Melissa Dynan, Marisa Portuondo Goodman, President Maribel Balbin, Dorrit Marks, Belen Valladares, and Natalie Milian.

Right: ASPA South Florida Chapter President, Dr. Terry Murphy, standing with the League’s Chapter President, Maribel Balbin.

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ASPA Member Benefits

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Wondering what ASPA can do for you? Here are just a few of the ways ASPA keeps its members informed, both in their careers and the world of public management and administration.

Networking - Interactions with professional public managers not only provide the basis for lasting friendships, but offers opportunities for informal consultation with skilled professionals on matters of public concern. Professional Development - A series of luncheon speakers and professional development seminars on cutting edge topics enable you to develop critical technical, ethical and leadership competencies. News and Views - ASPA membership is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your community.

Advancing Public Service - Learning about best practices provides the opportunity to better serve the citizenry of Miami-Dade County and other parts of South Florida.

Conference Participation - Supplementing ASPA's national and state conferences on public administration is the inauguration of a

South Florida conference with informative presentations from professional practitioners and academics. Visibility Among Peers - ASPA's South Florida chapter rewards excellence in public service with annual awards, scholarships, internships and other forms of personal recognition for outstanding performance.

Community Service - Chapter efforts are designed to provide outreach and special assistance to needy segments of our community. Liaison with Educational Efforts - The chapter has established linkages with higher educational institutions to encourage students to consider careers in public service.

Public-Private Partnerships - The ASPA chapter is cultivating close relationships with nonprofit and private sector service providers in recognition of the changing face of the public service profession.

How to Join Future members can easily join by attending one of the many events planned and complete an application form onsite, or by filling out the online application.

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About the American Society for Public Administration

The Society is the professional home for more than 9,000 PA practitioners, academics and students with its South Florida Chapter consisting of over 200 members. The Chapter embraces the society's original concept in finding ways of assisting its members to work better in their profession under the auspices of the national founder. The ASPA South Florida Chapter's mission is to enhance public administration, promote the profession and preserve the public trust by providing expertise, direction, and leadership for all its members and other stakeholders. For more information on ASPA, please visit

ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors President Terry Murphy, PhD

President-Elect Agatha Caraballo, PhD



Recording Secretary Angela Miller, MSW

Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Francis-Royer, MPA Treasurer Estephanie Escobar, MPA

Immediate Past President Glenn C. Joseph, MPA, MBA Student Representative Rody Veras

Board Members Roslyn Alic-Batson, MSM Seraphin W. Bernard, MPA Melissa Dynan, MPA Nicki Fraser, MPA Rina Gomez, MPA, PHR Keven “Kem” Mayo, MPA Valerie Patterson, PhD Jeisson Rodriguez, MPA Michele Tantardini, MPA National Liaison Meredith Newman, PhD Allan Rosenbaum, PhD

District 3 Representative, ASPA National Council Jared J. Llorens, PhD

Thanks to This Issue’s Contributors!

Chairperson, Communications Committee: Roslyn Alic-Batson Editorial Assistant: Angela Miller Staff Photographer: Bill Solomon Contributor - Event Photos: Glenn C. Joseph Writers - Regular Sections: Dr. Terry Murphy, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, Rody Veras, Dr. Jared J. Llorens Writers - Event Highlights: Roslyn Alic-Batson, Melissa Dynam, Estephanie Escobar

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