A record-breaking crowd of more than 1,400 people turned out Dec. 4, 2018, to see Jerry Demings sworn in as the mayor of Orange County during a ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center. Demings, the first African-American to hold the position, served as Orange County sheriff for the past 10 years and previously worked as the police chief of Orlando.
“The future holds great opportunities for us to build on Orange County’s thriving and robust economy,” Demings said. “My primary focus will be on smart growth, sustaining livable neighborhoods, public safety, business development, education and forming partnerships with a regional emphasis. Our priority is to make Orange County the best community for our residents, businesses and guests.”
Others who were sworn in for their terms at the event: District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore, District 3 Commissioner Mayra Uribe, District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero and District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin. Along with Betsy VanderLey from District 1 and Emily Bonilla from District 5, they form an all-female County Commission.
Former Orlando Police Chief John Mina was sworn in as Orange County sheriff. Orlando Rolon has become the new police chief.
Demings announced four key appointments to the county staff: Byron Brooks as county administrator, Roseann Harrington as chief of staff, Carol Burkett as deputy chief of staff and Jeff Williamson as communications manager.