Jlester Solas Elections Department Getting Tested Anew As It Begins Another Switch In Voting Machine Technology
Written by Miami Today on April 10, 2008
As far back as he can remember, Lester Sola wanted to be a public servant. His resume speaks to that end. Mr. Sola is a product of Miami-Dade, both personally and professionally. He took his degrees and invested his future in the county after being selected for its Manager Training Program in 1992.
Since then, his career has soared. In the past 16 years, Mr. Sola has served in a number of high-level roles, including division director for the Department of Business Development, assistant to the county manager and chief deputy supervisor for elections.
He was appointed supervisor of elections March 31, 2005, the only Hispanic to hold such a post in Florida. Mr. Sola oversees an annual budget of $20 million, 30 municipal and county elections each year, and manages a staff of 121 fulltime employees, plus up to 200 seasonal workers. The county has 749 precincts and more than 1 million registered voters.
Mr. Sola was interviewed by staff writer Lou Ortiz at the county’s Elections Department on Northwest 87th Avenue. This is an excerpt from the weekly profile article published in Miami Today. To read the entire article in full, order this issue or subscribe to the print edition of Miami Today.