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Commissioner Bovo "Working for You"

On May 10th, 2013, I commenced a campaign called “Working for You” to work alongside employees within the different County departments. This initiative will give me the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the procedures and processes of each department. I invite you to read through the different job’s I have done so far.

Commissioner Bovo spends another day as a County employee as part of his "Working for You" campaign

Commissioner Bovo (right) got a lesson in how a ballot is configured at the Elections Department.

(Photos by Ryan Holloway / Miami-Dade County photographer)

MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. got some first-hand experience in the day-to-day operations of two County departments on June 4 by spending the day as a County employee.

As part of his “Working for You” campaign, Commissioner Bovo visited the Elections Department and the Communications Department’s 311 Call Center. At Elections, he greeted voters and learned how a ballot is configured and prepared. At the 311 Center, he answered residents’ calls, toured the facility with the director and met with employees to learn about their jobs.

Commissioner Bovo began his “Working for You” campaign in May 2013. Since then, he has visited several County departments – including Animal Services, Water and Sewer, Police and Fire – listening and acquiring a better understanding of the needs and services provided in the community.

“I enjoy visiting our employees and thanking them for the work they do to keep the County running, and I believe the knowledge I gain in the process makes me a better policy-maker,” Commissioner Bovo said.

Commissioner Bovo spent time with employees at the County’s 311 Center as they took calls from customers.


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"Working for you" at the Animal Services Department


On Monday, July 15th, 2013, Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. continued his “Working for You” campaign with a visit to the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter. Commissioner Bovo joined the Animal Services Department staff on a tour of the facilities to better understand the needs of our pets.

Animal Services Chief of Operations & Enforcement, Kathleen Labrada, led Commissioner Bovo Jr. on a tour of the facility to show him the kennels where animals waiting to be adopted spend their time. Bovo also toured the front counter to see the process of adoptions first hand, the clinic where animals are brought back to health and the drop off location where unwanted animals are received. 


“I chose to visit this department to gain a real perspective of the day-to-day struggles of our animals and staff at the shelter,” said Commissioner Bovo. “Visiting the euthanasia room, where I saw a dog and a cat euthanized, was a heartbreaking experience. There are no words to describe it. I will continue to work closely with our Animal Services Department to create and implement new ideas where we can reduce and eventually eliminate needless euthanizing.”

For more information please contact Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. at (305) 820-8424.

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Helps plant trees at the Country Club of Miami South Park

County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. joined Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department Director Jack Kardys and over 120 volunteers from the North Pointe YMCA as they rolled up their sleeves to plant more than 60 trees at the Country Club of Miami South Park on Thursday, June 27, 2013, as part of Million TREES Miami and his “Working for You” campaign.

planting trees

“These trees will provide more shaded areas for the many families who visit the park,” said Commissioner Bovo. “They will also enhance the park’s beauty while furthering the County’s goal of achieving a sustainable urban forest.”

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department supplied the park’s new trees, which consist of 60 silver buttonwood trees and three larger native trees.

Developed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board, the Million TREES Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County by planting 1 million trees by 2020.

To donate to the program, register a tree planting or for more information, please visit

Trees in truck

Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County photographer

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“Working for You” campaign at the Miami-Dade County’s Water and Sewer Department

Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. continues his “Working for You” campaign at the Miami-Dade County’s Water and Sewer Department.  On Friday, May 31st, Commissioner Bovo visited the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant and John E. Preston Wastewater Treatment Plant.



Superintendent Steve Kroheim led Commissioner Bovo’s tour of South District Wastewater Treatment Plant. Commissioner Bovo studied the HLD filters and performed a manual backwash on one of the filters under the direction of the Station Operator, Thomas Brooks. The Commissioner was briefed by Operator Terrance Carter on the basic design and operation of the Sodium Hypochlorite Generation system which converts salt to bleach for on-site disinfection.



Commissioner Bovo worked as a Treatment Plant Operator at the John E. Preston Water Treatment Plant with Division Chief Tom Segars, gaining hands-on experience in operating a major water treatment facility. The plant provides high-quality drinking water to the residents of District 13.

“Working closely with our Water and Sewer Department has given me the opportunity to better understand and deepen my appreciation for the hard work and time that goes into providing our residents clean water every day,” said Commissioner Bovo. “Being able to perform a manual backwash on some filters was a great learning experience. I look forward to continuing my initiative with each of our County departments to find new solutions and ensure we continue to deliver excellence every day.”

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Northwest Police District Station

Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. commenced an initiative to work alongside employees within the different County departments. Bovo kicked-off his “Working for You” campaign on May 10, 2013, with the Miami-Dade Northwest Police District Station where he visited the police officers and then joined Major Ignacio Alvarez and Lieutenant Alain Sanchez on an official police patrol through District 13.

Police training

“Working for you gives me first-hand knowledge of the procedures and processes each department has in place,” said Commissioner Bovo. “I look forward to working with each of our departments to find new solutions to ensure we deliver excellence every day.”

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