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Employees honored at Country Club reception

On Friday, Sept. 15, City of Coral Gables staff, commissioners and guests gathered at the Coral Gables Golf & Country Club to celebrate the nominees and winners from this year's Employee Appreciation Reception. Congratulations to the following:

  • Employee of the Year: Mitchell Zuriarrain, Country Club Director
  • Firefighter of the Year: Capt. Mark Bernhardt
  • Officer of the Year: Sgt. Gordon Dickinson
  • Operator of the Year: Amy Avila


We also recognize the other employees of the month who were nominated for Employee of the Year, in addition to our newly introduced part-time employees of the quarter, including:

  • January: Jorge Pino, Mobile Permitting Coordinator
  • March: Mark Knight, Foreman (Community Recreation)
  • May: David Galeano, Project Manager (formerly Civil Engineer)
  • June: Matthew Anderson, Assistant Director for Mobility & Sustainability (formerly Sustainability and Resilience Manager)
  • July: Madelaine Mendez, Fire Inspector
  • September: Dairelis Rivero, Police Training Specialist (formerly Police Payroll Clerk)
  • October: Jose Marino, Sewer Maintenance Mechanic
  • November: Roberto Garcia, Parking Enforcement Specialist
  • December: Nicolas Saenz, Webmaster (formerly Communications & Digital Media Coordinator)


  • Q2: Amario Jara, Part-Time Producer/Editor/Videographer
  • Q4: Brandon Boylan, Part-Time Emergency Management Coordinator