BROWARD COUNTY, Florida — On November 19, 2019, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners unanimously elected Jamaican-American Dale VC Holness mayor of Broward County in Florida. Holness, the first Jamaican-American to serve as mayor, has served for the past year as vice mayor. Former State Senator and House Representative Steve Geller was also unanimously chosen by the commission as the new vice mayor of the County.
Born in Jamaica, Holness was first elected in 2010 to represent residents of Broward County's District 9, which includes a population in excess of 200,000 and covers more than eight municipalities in Broward County. Prior to being elected a Broward County commissioner, he served as a City of Lauderhill commissioner from 2004 to 2010. During his terms in office he served as vice mayor twice (2007 and 2010) where he started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce and established the Lauderhill Business Incubator. Holmes is a practicing real estate broker and is the President and CEO of All Broward Realty.
Holness will serve for a period of one year and then commissioners will select one of their own to serve for another year in November of 2020.
“Thank you, Mayor Bogen, for your hard work this past year and doing a great job representing Broward County. Thank you to my colleagues for your vote of confidence. The mission of my year as Mayor will be to work on making Broward County a better place for all who live here by empowering our community, strengthening our households and businesses, creating policies that afford access to opportunities and by unifying everyone across racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We must monitor and hold our government accountable. We are Broward County, one community for everyone and prosperity for all,” said Mayor Holness.