College of the Florida Keys leaders, including President Jonathan Gueverra (center, with red sash) honor retiring Key West city manager Patti McLauchlin during the college’s May 5 graduation ceremony. CONTRIBUTED

Retiring City Manager Patti McLauchlin was recently honored with the College of the Florida Keys’ President’s Award. 

The award was presented by Jonathan Gueverra, college president and CEO, during the May 5 graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.

The President’s Award recognizes McLauchlin’s extraordinary service and commitment to the college and the community.

“This is truly an honor,” said McLauchlin. “I’m proud and humbled by this recognition.”

McLauchlin, who retires in July, has served with the city for 43 years, beginning as a police dispatcher and working up through management until she was appointed city manager in July 2021. She is the first woman to hold the title of city manager of Key West.

McLauchlin started her education at what is now known as the College of the Florida Keys with an associate’s degree. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami.

Her commitment to the community includes membership in the Rotary Club and the Key West Chamber of Commerce. She serves on many local boards and participates in numerous professional organizations.

The President’s Award tops off a career of devoted public service. McLauchlin received the Zonta Club of Key West Award for Public Service, the True Grit Award from Womankind of Key West and the Women of Integrity Award for public service from Samuel’s House.