City Commissioners selected the five finalists from a field of thirteen at a Special Commission Meeting held Wednesday, February 22nd.
All thirteen applicants were provided the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak for four minutes. Commissioners were provided the opportunity to ask a question of each applicant after their introduction. The Commissioners question and the applicant’s response was limited to one minute total.
Each Commissioner chose one applicant to move forward in the process. The 5th applicant was chosen by all four Commissioners by consensus.
The five applicants moving forward are:
The Commission will make its final decision and appoint one applicant to the vacant seat at the March 1st City Commission Meeting.
The applicant appointed will serve until March 2024 when a special election must be held to fill the seat. This is required by the City Charter and the State of Florida.
The appointed applicant will be able to run in the special election, as well as any other candidate who may choose to run. The winner of the special election will then have to run again in the general election in November of 2024. The winner of the general election will then serve a regular four year term.
There will be three Commission seats up for election in 2024, as Mayor Aisha Gordon and Vice Mayor Mitch Rosenwald will be at the end of their current terms.
Jeff Barnes has lived in Oakland Park since 2001. Originally from Denver Colorado, Jeff moved here for the sunshine and he never looked back. He is a past board member of The Corals Of Oakland Park Neighborhood Association where he served as Vice President 2017-2020 and President from 2020 to 2021.
Jeff has lived on both the West and East sides of Oakland Park and is very well versed in Oakland Park history. A very active citizen, you will often see him at all the local Oakland Park events and meetings.
Jeff has worked in the Commercial Real Estate Management field for 20 years in downtown Fort Lauderdale. His hobbies include, classic movies, travel, writing and pretty much anything outdoors, weather permitting.
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