This message appeared in the May 2018 INTERFACE and is being republished now on FACE Online to share with all of our members. Marilyn has since retired, but her dedication to the IOG and to FACE are evident in the many achievements over the past 29 years. Thank you Marilyn! We wish you all the best in your retirement.
I recently announced my approaching retirement as the director of the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida (IOG) and wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to my many friends in F.A.C.E.
In 1989, I met Cindy Diemer, one of the founders of F.A.C.E. when she attended a FAOLO (now FABTO) conference that the IOG was coordinating. Cindy asked if the IOG could assist F.A.C.E. with its first conference that would be held in Tampa that year. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship between F.A.C.E. and the IOG that continues today, 29 years later.
I could never have imagined how F.A.C.E. would grow and prosper over the years and it has been one of the proudest accomplishments of my career to have been part of your success. The original Board of Directors knew they wanted to increase the professionalism of code officers and offer educational opportunities to their members, but I don’t think Joe Huskey, Cindy, or Bob McCormick ever envisioned an organization of 2,200+ members with four levels of certification and a Code Enforcement Professional designation.
While advancements in technology and the individuals serving on the F.A.C.E. Board and Committees have changed over the years, the commitment to quality and the dedication of so many members have never changed.
I will be at the conference in Ft. Lauderdale and able to say goodbye to many of you in person. While after 36 years at the IOG, I will be leaving June 29th, you may be assured that the IOG will continue to serve F.A.C.E. and its members with the same excellence that has marked our partnership since the beginning.
Thank you for the opportunity of being part of your wonderful organization.