Manager works hard to keep Pinecrest atop ‘quality list’

Manager works hard to keep Pinecrest atop ‘quality list’

Yocelyn Galiano Gomez

Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez’ second year in office is well underway.

Since her appointment in the summer of 2011, the Village has been recognized for transparency and efficiency, including the distinction of having Pinecrest being named by the South Florida Business Journal as “Best in South Florida for Quality of Life.”

Gomez is an approachable and kindhearted woman as evidenced by her demeanor when dealing with citizens, whether from the dais at Village Council meetings or at her “Coffee with the Manager” sessions that she hosts during the year. Gomez was born and raised in South Miami-Dade County and the Pinecrest community has always been a part of her life. In her youth, she dreamed of working at the United Nations. In college, at Florida International University, she earned degrees in political science (bachelors) and public administration (masters). In addition to having served as assistant Village Manager for more than 10 years, she was also the first city manager of Doral in 2004. Today, along with Mayor Cindy Lerner and members of the Village Council, she is the face of Pinecrest and the top administrative official.

Gomez has an understanding of what the residents are like and what expectations they have for their municipal government. As the Village manager, she functions as a CEO. The Village Council makes policy decisions for the Village, based many times on her recommendations, and it is her responsibility to make sure they are implemented within the constraints of the city’s budget.

Gomez would like to see Pinecrest continue to preserve its “family friendly” nature. She believes staying close and responsive to the community, while having a positive and open government, will allow that to happen. She also recognizes the contributions that the Village staff makes to the community and in providing efficient and effective government services. She seeks input from all levels of the organization when it comes to making decisions and regularly meets with a cross-section of employees. She also participates in activities such as “ride-alongs” with police officers.

In discussing the South Florida Business Journal’s rating of Pinecrest as Best in South Florida for Quality of Life, she said: “We aspire always to be the best.”

The Village Manager may be contacted by calling 305-234-2121 or by email at

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