| Italian Man of the Year Award |
Michael C. Zito
Citizen of the Year
Reminiscent of this year's winner is a
statement written some 150 years ago
by Adam Lindsay Gordon; and still
Question not, but live and labour
Till yon goal be won,
Helping every fellow neighbour,
Seeking help from none:
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone-
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in our own.
Disney~ Hometown Hero, champion of the indigent, Keep Brevard Beautiful,
providing hot meals to relief workers during hurricanes, attorney, college
teacher, family man (wife, Joanne, 3-year-old daughter, Gianna), advocate
for smart growth in Vero Beach.
Presenting Michael C. Zito...Assistant County Administrator for Indian River
County...and the 2006 winner of the Italian American Civic Association's
Italian American Citizen of the Year Award.
His job description is impressive. His positive impact on the community
even more so.
As Assistant County Administrator, Michael serves as Deputy County
Manager providing administrative leadership in the daily operations of the
County. This includes all County departments. Community Development,
Public Works, Office of Management and Budget, Facilities Management,
Parks and Recreation, Emergency Services, Leisure Services, Utilities, and
He also provides policy advice to the Board of County Commissioners while
working closely with the Office of County Attorney and all County
constitutional officers, including the Tax Collector, Clerk of Court, Supervisor
of Elections, Property Appraiser, and Sheriff.
In addition, he is permanently on call to the Emergency Operations Center
during emergency events. This entails working with the Red Cross and the
School Board. Also with FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency
Management to coordinate federal and state aid.
Michael, a lifelong advocate of community betterment, has been honored
with many awards. Notably Disney's Hometown Hero award...plus the
Exemplary Servte Award...both for his work with the Indian River County
Michael C. Zito