Harvey Ruvin is a graduate Industrial Engineer (University of Florida 1959). He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School, 1962. He is an avid exercise, fitness and health devotee, having been ranked as high as 16th in the nation by the American Amateur Racquetball Association.
He was first elected to public office in 1968 at the age of 30. Serving as Mayor of the City of North Bay Village, he became one of the youngest mayors in Miami-Dade County history. In 1972, Ruvin was elected to the Metro Dade County Commission where he served till 1992, becoming the only person ever to serve five consecutive 4-year terms on the Commission.
In 1987, elected by his peers, he served as President of the National Association of Counties representing America's 3200 County Governments. In 1989, Harvey Ruvin was named "County Leader of the Year" by American City and County Magazine.
In 1992, he was elected to the Office of Miami-Dade County Clerk, and re-elected without opposition in 1996, 2000 and 2004. In 2008 was again re-elected with a countywide 76+% majority, leading the total Ballot with 542,469 votes, the most ever for any office or issue in the history of Miami-Dade County. In 2012, Mr. Ruvin was once again re-elected without opposition.
Through over thirty years of community involvement, Harvey Ruvin, has performed a leadership role within scores of civic, cultural, environmental and charitable organizations. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Washington-based Public Technology Institute award naming him the "2003 Public Technologist of the Year" in America, citing his efforts to employ emerging technologies to reengineer government processes, eliminating paper, achieving fiscal savings and efficiencies. His goal of total transformation of court records and e-filing into a fully paperless format is well on its way.
His public career continues to be hallmarked by his commitment to improve the lives of the citizens of Miami-Dade County, and to use his technological expertise to help solve the problems of providing needed services to the people in a cost efficient way while protecting the environment and our quality of life.
In 2004 he won Computerworld Magazine's "2004 Medal of Achievement" for utilizing technology to achieve massive savings and enhancing the public's accessibility to records. Mr. Ruvin Harvey, having made an effective transition from a county legislator to an extensive Administrative role, received the much coveted "2004 Public Administrator of the Year" awarded by the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
In 2008, he received the "Defender of the Everglades Award" by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Friends of the Everglades. In 2009, he was named the Inaugural Recipient of the "Reitmeister-Abess Award" for environmental advocacy by the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.
Some of his other many awards include the 1987 Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce "Man of the Year Award" to the coveted Tropical Audubon Society Conservation Award in 1981 and in 1985 (the only person ever to have been named twice). He has received environmental service awards from the Sierra Club as well as from the Environmental and Industry Association.
To Harvey, his greatest honor so far came when "Naples", a rescued West Indian manatee gave birth to a male calf and the Seaquarium named the newborn "Harvey" in recognition of the Commissioner's work on behalf of the endangered species (Sept. 1990).