New Transportation Initiatives to Move Central Florida
Jan 30, 2020
Mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings
New Transportation Initiatives to Move Central Florida

Jerry Demings, Mayor of Orange County, assumed office in December 2018, becoming the first African-American to do so.   As mayor he chairs the county commission and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the county government, overseeing over 7,000 employees with an annual budget of over $3 billion. It is the most powerful elected office in Central Florida.

Jerry previously served as Sheriff of Orange County, Florida, from 2009 to December 2018. As sheriff of Orange County, Demings targeted high crime areas with the establishment of new substations in both residential and tourist areas. He was an innovator in 21st Century policing and started programs like Tourist Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing units centered on proactive policing throughout Orange County.

After retiring from the City of Orlando with 21 years of service, including six years (1998-2004) as Chief of Police, he was appointed as Deputy County Administrator and Public Safety Director. He played a pivotal leadership role in the response to the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. In addition, he served as Interim Orange County Jail Director for seven months. He was part of the mayor’s senior leadership team responsible for managing all county operations until January 2008. He was instrumental in the $100 million plus jail expansion, served on the Jail Oversight Commission, oversaw the opening of new fire stations and implementation of the countywide Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.



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