Is it time for Broward County to have an elected mayor?

10/8/15

The Broward County Commission is comprised of nine members elected by district. The Commission elects a Mayor and Vice Mayor for one-year terms. The Mayor serves as presiding officer, and as the County’s official representative.

Is it realistic to think a commissioner who represents a single district can provide an impartial opinion for the whole county? Or is each influenced to favor actions that will better his or her own district? Would an elected mayor provide too much power for just one person? And does the current one-year term provide enough time for the mayor to implement his or her initiatives?

PANELISTS:      

Robert (Bob) Butterworth, Of Counsel, Fowler White Boggs
Butterworth held the positions of Florida’s Attorney General, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Broward County Sheriff and Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. He focuses his practice on government affairs.

David Di Pietro, Founder and president, Florida Litigation Law Firm
An AV Preeminent® rated trial attorney, Di Pietro concentrates his legal practice in the
areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, guardianship  law, commercial and business litigation, medical malpractice defense, construction litigation, personal injury and  election law. He served as commissioner of the North Broward Hospital District.

Lori Parrish, CFA, Broward County Property Appraiser
Parrish was elected property appraiser in 2005, after serving as a Broward County Commissioner from 1989 to 2004, with several terms as chair and vice-chair. She served on the Broward County School Board from 1984 to 1988, and was inducted into the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

MODERATOR:   

Charles Caulkins, Regional partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Caulkins is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office. Representing employers nationally in labor and employment matters since 1977, he is also founding member and past president of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and a past chairman of  the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

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