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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
As of August 4th, Alex Ferro assumed the position of the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor. Alex has a long record of public service in both state and local government, having been the Chief of Staff to former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp and Executive Director of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus.  His experience will ensure a smooth transition as my Administration continues to seek ways to transform government and improve our community.

Russell Benford

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Benford is the former North Miami City Manager. Previously, he served as Chief Administrator, City of West Park in Broward County and the Village of Hawthorn Woods in Illinois.

Alina Hudak

Deputy Mayor
Ms. Hudak joined Miami-Dade County government in 1984. She has served as County Manager, Assistant County Manager and Director of the General Services Administration.

Ed Marquez

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Marquez, a former City of Miami Manager, was Senior Vice President of First Southwest Company. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board and held positions in the Miami-Dade County Finance Department including Director, Controller and Audit Manager.

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 to the Mayor for the Miami Dade Aviation Department with its three airports including Miami International Airport, and PortMiami. Additionally, he oversees the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and he is the Mayor’s liaison to the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Authority and South Florida Regional Planning Council.

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 33 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, Juan Kuryla oversees the top container port in the State of Florida and the 11th largest in the nation. Under his stewardship, PortMiami has maintained its leadership position as the busiest cruise port in the world with more than 4 million passengers traveling through its terminals last year.

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