Retiring City Manager Patti McLauchlin was recently honored by the College of the Florida Keys with one of its most distinguished awards: The President's Award. The award was presented by College President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Gueverra during the May 5th graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.
The President's Award is in recognition of McLauchlin's extraordinary service and commitment to the college and the community.
“This is truly an honor,” said McLauchlin. “I'm proud and humbled by this recognition."
McLauchlin, who retires in July, has served with the City for 43 years, beginning as a dispatcher and working through management until she was appointed City Manager in July 2021. She is the first woman to hold the title of City Manager of Key West.
McLauchlin started her education at what is now known as the College of the Florida Keys with an associate's degree. She earned her bachelor's degree from Barry University in Miami.
Her commitment to the community includes membership in the Rotary Club and the Key West Chamber of Commerce. She serves on many local boards of directors as well as participating in numerous professional organizations.
The President's Award tops off a career of devoted public service. McLauchlin received the Zonta Club of Key West Award for Public Service, the True Grit Award from Womankind of Key West, and the Women of Integrity Award for public service from Samuel's House.