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Broward Commissioners Honored by Florida Association of Counties

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Six Broward County Commissioners have been recognized as a Presidential Advocate by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) for their work during the 2018 Legislative Session. The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition was given to Mayor Beam Furr, Commissioners Barbara Sharief, Chip LaMarca, Nan Rich, Michael Udine and Steve Geller during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida. The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

In addition, Commissioner LaMarca received FAC’S most prestigious award--the 2018 President’s “Commitment to Service” Award. The award is given to elected officials who demonstrate a strong commitment to addressing local issues and for their dedicated service as a FAC member.

Commissioners Sharief and LaMarca also received special recognition as a five year FAC “Torchbearer.” Both Commissioners completed the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) certification as well as the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation. The five year FAC “Torchbearer” is an honor bestowed upon commissioners who have completed both the CCC and ACC and have continued an elevated level of engagement in FAC programs.

Commissioner Sharief was elected to serve as FAC President in 2015 and 2nd Vice-President in 2013. She is currently serving on the FAC Board of Directors, the Florida Counties Foundation Board of Directors and the FAC Legislative Executive Committee. Sharief has served on the Enterprise Committee, FAC Finance and Audit Committee and chaired the Health and Human Services Committee-Florida Association of Counties. She is also on numerous committees for the National Association of Counties (NACo) and is currently seeking the position of NACo 2nd Vice President.  The election will take place at the NACo Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on July 13th - 16th.

Commissioner LaMarca is Chair of the FAC Finance and Tax Policy Committee. He has served on the FAC Board of Directors, Legislative Executive Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, Urban Caucus and on various committees with the National Association of Counties.

“Every day your local Commissioner is fighting to preserve the unique aspects and magnificent qualities of your community,” said FAC President and Charlotte County Commissioner, Christopher Constance. “It is because of their dedication, resourcefulness, and perseverance that we’ve have been able to advance the counties’ legislative agenda and build a stronger Florida for all Floridians.”

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

DATE:  July 3, 2018

CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager, Broward Commission

PHONE: 954-357-8053