The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Smith Recognized for 25 Years of Service

The Key West City Commission this week recognized City Clerk Cheri Smith for her 25 years of service to the City.

Smith started her tenure in July of 1993 and was appointed City Clerk in 1999.

“She has devoted a quarter of a century to helping run our wonderful city,” said Mayor Craig Cates. “She is a great leader, and runs an efficient department. She takes great pride in her job as City Clerk, and we are proud to have her represent the City of Key West in this respect.”

He commended Smith on her ability to enhance the efficiency of the office by updating recordkeeping systems and ensuring a staff fully trained in the best practices of the profession. He added that Smith’s dedication goes far beyond her duties.

“When we were hit by Hurricane Irma and City Hall served as the EOC for Key West, Cheri was unanimously voted City Chef,” Cates said. “She manned her post and cooked for and fed hundreds of people for almost two weeks with a kind and positive spirit. She slept in her office, made three meals a day and shared her big Texas cooking skills. That was a great example of Cheri’s selfless nature and her understanding of the importance of teamwork.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve you and the citizens of Key West,” responded Smith. She said the seated commissioners that appointed her in 1999 provided her “the chance of a lifetime and for that I will always be grateful.”

Smith and the commissioners were joined at the podium by Smith’s daughter Erin Wagoner and her husband Carl.

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In the photo: Commissioner Richard Payne, Margaret Romero and Jimmy Weekley, Deputy City Clerk Vicky Walker, Carl Wagoner, Mayor Craig Cates, City Clerk Cheri Smith, Erin Wagoner, Deputy City Clerk Angela Budde, Commissioners Clayton Lopez, Billy Wardlow and Sam Kaufman.