The Miami-Dade County clerk of the courts, Harvey Ruvin, died on Dec. 31, ending a record of public service that spanned more than a half-century and earned Ruvin praise for his work on both technology and environmental issues in Florida.

Ruvin, 85, won his last election to the clerk’s post in 2020 with 73.2 percent of the vote. After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a juris doctor from the University of Miami Law School, he went on to serve as mayor of North Bay Village in southern Florida in 1968 and in the 1970s was elected to the Metro Dade County Commission.

During his time as clerk of the courts, Ruvin received awards for his efforts to use new technologies to eliminate paper waste in government and achieve both fiscal efficiencies and cost savings, according to a biography posted on the clerk of the courts website.