Jess McCarty is chief of the Governmental Affairs Section. Jess has advocated on behalf of Miami-Dade County before the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee for more than 17 years, and has led the County’s Tallahassee lobbying effort the last six years. Jess also works with the Board of County Commissioners and staff, the Mayor’s Office and various County Departments to provide legal advice and prepare and review ordinances and resolutoins to carry out the Board's policy directives.
Working closely with County Commissioners, the Mayor's Office and the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation, Jess has played a key role in advocating for the County’s state legislative priorities and package as set by the Board of County Commissioners. Such priorities have included:
Jess also defends the County from the numerous bills and joint resolutions filed each session that would adversely affect the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter, preempt Board ordinances and policies and have a negative fiscal impact on the County. During the annual 60-day session and committee weeks leading up to it, Jess has developed an expertise in quickly identifying issues that impact Miami-Dade County among the thousands of bills, amendments and line-item appropriations considered each year. Such legislation has included bills that would have preempted the voter-approved Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter provision requiring a supermajority vote re: development outside the Urban Development Boundary and Miami-Dade County's ordinances related to wage theft, local preference; living wage; pit bulls; regulating pain clinics and PIP auto insurance clinics; regulating wetlands, regulating limousines and other for-hite vehicles and authorizing the use of in-house labor for certain construction projects resulting in a cost savings to the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.
Jess has earned a preeminent AV peer review rating (5.0 out of 5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell.