Broward County Commissioner BarbaraSharief was installed to serve as President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Commissioner Sharief was sworn in during the installation lunch at the 2015 FAC Annual Conference and Educational Exposition in St. Johns County. President Sharief is the first African-American female president in the 85 year history of the Association.
"Counties are the backbone of this great state." Said Commissioner Barbara Sharief, "Every county, whether they are large or small, must meet the needs of their citizens and it is our diversity that makes our collaboration strong."
As President, Commissioner Sharief will oversee the Association by directing policy, advocacy, and the administration of the Florida Association of Counties.
"Commissioner Sharief is a dedicated public servant and as a leader in her community as well as a business owner she has a unique understanding of the challenges facing counties and Floridians," said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley, "Her perseverance in standing up for home rule - the idea that government closest to the people governs best - will ensure that our members are well represented."
With Commissioner Sharief now assuming the presidency, other members of the Executive Committee advanced in position, with: Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant becoming President-Elect, Gulf County Commissioner Warren Yeager becoming 1st Vice President and Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV serving as Immediate Past President. Charlotte County Commissioner Christopher Constance ran unopposed for the position of 2nd Vice President.