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GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
|OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS||ONE JUDICIARY SQUARE
441 FOURTH STREET, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001
|EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 A.M. July 11, 2001
MAYOR NAMES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF
|CONTACT: Joan Logue-Kinder
(Washington, D.C.) - On July 11, 2001, Mayor Anthony A. Williams named Kelvin J. Robinson as his new Chief of Staff. Mr. Robinson is a seasoned manager with more than 15 years of public service, including senior positions within state and local government in Florida. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Robinson will serve as one of the Mayor's policy and political advisors and coordinate all activities and functions within the Executive Office of the Mayor. Mr. Robinson will replace Joy Arnold, who has served as the Interim Chief of Staff since April.
Kelvin Robinson joins the District from the Florida League of Cities, where he served since 1994 as the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs. As the organization's chief lobbyist and spokesperson, Mr. Robinson represented more than 400 Florida cities before Florida's legislative and executive branches, as well as before civic and business organizations. His accomplishments include increasing overall member participation in the League's advocacy programs and designing a leadership development program for local elected officials. He also provided management services for the Florida Urban Partnership of Mayors.
Before joining the Florida League of Cities, Mr. Robinson was the Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, where he was responsible for the licensing and regulation of Florida's hotels, restaurant and elevators. He managed a $15 million operating budget and more than 300 employees. During his tenure, Mr. Robinson streamlined inspection processes, which increased license compliance and reduced inspector error.
Mr. Robinson also served as the Bureau Chief for Emissions Control within the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, where he managed a $3 million operating budget and 60 employees. As Bureau Chief, Mr. Robinson implemented the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program, an annual $50 million public/private partnership that was the most technically advanced privatized auto emissions inspection process of its kind. In 1992, the program won the Davis Productivity award for innovation and efficiency in state government.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from The Florida State University.
"Kelvin Robinson's expertise in navigating the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as communicating with business and civic organizations, will serve the District well, " said Mayor Williams.
Mr. Robinson will assume the title of Chief of Staff, effective August 1, 2001.
Kelvin J. Robinson is a seasoned public servant with more than 15 years of service, having held various senior-level positions within state and local government in Florida. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Robinson was the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Florida League of Cities, where he served as chief lobbyist and spokesperson for Florida's more than 400 cities. In this capacity, he successfully represented the issues of Florida's cities to the members of Congress, the Florida Legislature, various agencies of state and federal government, as well as before business and civic organizations. During his tenure, Florida's cities experienced an increase in their home rule and fiscal authority, securing passage of a number of local organizational and revenue reforms. Florida's municipalities have also enhanced relations with federal and state policymakers as well as statewide business interests.
Before joining the Florida League of Cities, Mr. Robinson served as Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants where he was responsible for the licensing and regulation of Florida's public food service and lodging industry, as well as elevators. In that capacity he was recognized for having successfully consolidated food and lodging inspections under one agency, as well as for streamlining inspection processes, which resulted in less costly and more efficient operations.
Mr. Robinson also served as the Bureau Chief for Emissions Control within the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. There, he was credited for creating a public/private partnership that was the most technically advanced privatized auto emissions inspection process of its kind and awarded the 1992 Davis Productivity Award for cost savings and innovation in state government.
Mr. Robinson has served as a program specialist and executive assistant to the Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture and as a research associate with the State University System/Board of Regents, coordinating assignments in Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.
Mr. Robinson is a graduate of The Florida State University, where he earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Communication, with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication.
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