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Mayor Gimenez appoints former City of Miami Fire Chief Maurice Kemp as Deputy Mayor

MIAMI (September 20, 2017)

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has appointed former City of Miami Fire Chief Maurice Kemp to serve as Deputy Mayor overseeing Public Safety, Public Housing and Community Development, and Community Action and Human Services departments.

Current Deputy Mayor, Russell Benford, has accepted a position as Vice President of Government Relations with Royal Caribbean Cruises and will be stepping down from his role effective next month.

“Maurice has all the attributes that make up a great Deputy Mayor. He is kind, honest, intelligent, and a team player,” said Mayor Gimenez. “I had the honor of being one of Maurice’s mentors when I was the Fire Chief for the City of Miami and I can personally attest to his qualifications.”

Kemp joined the Miami Fire Department in 1985, and in 2009 he was appointed as the City’s first African-American Chief of Fire-Rescue.

“I couldn’t be happier for Russell,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I have known Russell for years and consider him to be a personal friend. He is an extraordinary public servant and has served Miami-Dade County very well for 6 years.”

“Russell was a great part of this team and he will be missed,” added Gimenez. “I wish him luck and success in his new position.”

Benford has worked in government for over 20 years, having held the positions of City Manager of North Miami from 2010-2011, City Manager of West Park in Broward County from 2005-2010 and the Village Manager of Hawthorn Woods in Illinois from 2000-2005.

Kemp will assume his new role as Deputy Mayor on October 11, 2017.