City manager recognized for advocacy efforts in 2022 legislative session
Boca Raton, Fla. – The Florida League of Cities (FLC), celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice of Florida municipal governments, recently honored City Manager Lori LaVerriere with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for her hard work and leadership. advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session. She worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we are very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of municipal leaders,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local authorities on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local leaders have been consistently engaged and actively defended their communities throughout the 2022 legislative session. They are Home Rule heroes and we thank them for their efforts.
Autonomy is the ability of a city to solve local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, elected and unelected, who have always responded to the League’s request to contact members of the legislature and help provide a local perspective on an issue.
Lori LaVerriere has served the public sector for over 35 years, working for several municipalities in Palm Beach County. Currently City Manager of Boynton Beach, LaVerriere manages 15 departments and an annual budget of $251 million. She leads a team of 800 employees who serve a population of over 80,000. LaVerriere served as Deputy City Manager before becoming City Manager in December 2012. She has held the title of ICMA Accredited City Manager for 14 years. She is an active member of the International County/City Management Association (ICMA) and is the president-elect of the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). Lori has also served on the board of directors for the Palm Beach County City Management Association (PBCCMA). She holds a BA from Florida International University and an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also a graduate of the Palm Beach County Leadership Class of 2020.
“It is a privilege to work with the mayor and the municipal commissioners to defend the principle of autonomy. Boynton Beach’s ability to engage directly with residents and businesses and set our own rules and ordinances is a critical component in helping meet the unique needs of our community,” LaVerriere said. “It is truly an honor to be the recipient of the 2022 Home Rule Hero Award.”
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice of Florida municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-reliance and meet the needs of Florida cities, which are formed and governed by their citizens. The League believes in “Local Voices Making Local Choices,” which focuses on the impact of citizens and municipal leaders on improving Florida communities. For more information, visit flcities.com.