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About the Office

Mayor's Biography

Carlos A. Gimenez continues his lifelong commitment to public service after being re-elected as Miami-Dade County's Mayor.

Alex Ferro

Chief of Staff
Mr. Ferro serves as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office including the coordination of policy and legislation, external affairs and communications.  Additionally, Mr. Ferro is the point person in facilitating and supporting the Deputy Mayors and department directors in implementing the Mayor's strategic vision.

Russell Benford

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Benford serves as Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the largest county in the State of Florida and the eighth largest in the United States. Mr. Benford uses his knowledge of growth management, capital planning and economic development to provide direct oversight to the Community Action and Human Services, Corrections, Fire, Juvenile Services, Medical Examiner, Police and Public Housing and Community Development Departments. Additionally, he serves as a liaison to the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, Homeless Trust, and CareerSource South Florida.

Alina Hudak

Deputy Mayor
Alina T. Hudak has served Miami-Dade for the past 30 years making a stronger government for a better community and has brought professional administration to the County’s leadership team. In her present role as Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Hudak oversees the departments of Animal Services, Elections, Transit, the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust and the Public Health Trust. She concurrently also serves as the Director of the Public Works and Waste Management Department, which encompasses approximately 1,500 employees in over 20 divisions and provides solid waste collection services and all traffic engineering and road maintenance functions for Miami-Dade County.

Edward Marquez

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Marquez is responsible for overseeing the internal management functions of the County, which include the County’s Management and Budget, Human Resources, Internal Services, Finance, Audit and Management, and Information Technology Departments. In addition to serving as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Marquez is also serving as Finance Director/CFO of the County.

Jack Osterholt

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Osterholt is Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Director of the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department. He is responsible for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department with its three airports including Miami International Airport, PortMiami and the Water and Sewer Department. Additionally, he is the Mayor’s liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Beacon Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Development Authority, South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Sports Commission.

Michael Spring

Senior Advisor
For the past twenty-three years, Michael Spring has served as director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, where he has been responsible for supervision of a public arts agency with an annual budget of more than $30 million and a staff of 51.

Michael A. Hernandez

Director of Communications
Mr. Hernández is the Director of Communications for Miami-Dade County. He is often the chief spokesperson for Mayor Carlos Gimenez as well as a liaison between county government and the media.

Emilio T. Gonzalez

Director, Aviation
Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez is the Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. He directs the operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. MIA handles more than 40 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually, and is among the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports.

Bill Johnson

Director, Water & Sewer
As Director of the one the largest public utilities in the United States, Bill Johnson is responsible for supplying Miami-Dade County residents, businesses and visitors with high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services while providing for future economic growth via progressive planning; and safeguarding public health and the environment.

Juan Kuryla

Director, Seaport
As Director of PortMiami, Mr. Kuryla oversees operations and capital development for the largest cruise port in the world. In 2013, 4.13 million passengers passed through Port Miami’s terminals and berthed 2500 cargo and cruise vessels. Port Miami generates more than 207,000 jobs and has an economic impact of 27 billion.

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