About Commissioner Dennis C. Moss
His 2008 election as Commission Chairman coincided with the beginning of his fifth consecutive term representing District 9. With his re-election in 2016, Commissioner Moss has been elected seven times by the residents of District 9, which is geographically the largest and most diverse in the county.
Commissioner Moss currently serves as Chairman of the Housing, Social Services and Economic Development Committee which is responsible for oversight of matters concerning affordable, workforce and public housing, education, community assistance, social services, economic development, job creation, neighborhood improvement and self-sufficiency initiatives. He was also appointed as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Finance Committee and a member of the Tourism and the Ports Committee, The Chairwoman’s Policy Council and the Community Disparities Subcommittee.
Commissioner Moss is known, respected, and admired for making promises and keeping them. He was initially elected to the Board of County Commissioners shortly after Hurricane Andrew, the second worst natural disaster in the history of the United States; Commissioner Moss immediately focused his efforts on the recovery of South Miami-Dade. His tireless efforts resulted in a comprehensive plan to rebuild distressed and declining areas affected by Hurricane Andrew. Named in recognition of Commissioner Moss, the Moss Plan was approved on September 7, 1993 by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Moss Plan identified transportation improvements to South Dade as one of the key elements to economic revitalization in the area. Working closely with the Miami-Dade County Office of Community Development and other County departments and agencies, Commissioner Moss worked to extend the South Dade Transit Way to Florida City, while acquiring parcels for Park and Ride lots and transit oriented affordable housing developments. Commissioner Moss also sponsored a resolution authorizing law enforcement and rescue vehicles to operate on the Transit Way.
Some of his accomplishments include: saving Homestead Air Reserve Base after it was listed in the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC) as one of the bases to be closed. Commissioner Moss also advocated for bringing Jackson South Medical Center to South-Dade, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery, an extension of the busway to Florida City in addition to a proposed Zoo Miami theme park. Commissioner Moss was also instrumental in the creation of Team Metro, 311, and awarding more than 600 yearly grants to "Mom & Pop" businesses.
Commissioner Moss chairs the Zoo Oversight Board that oversees Zoo Miami. He also serves as chair of Neat Streets Miami, formerly known as the Community Image Advisory Board, a County board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation gateways, corridors and connections. He is also a former member of the South Florida Regional Planning Council which identifies long-term challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Florida and assists the region's leaders in developing and implementing creative strategies that result in more prosperous and equitable communities, a healthier and cleaner environment, and a more vibrant economy.
Commissioner Moss has served in the past as the honorary Chair of the Bahamas Sister Cities program, and Chairman of the Governmental Structure Task Force, which focused on helping the County identify efficient and effective government. Under the late Governor Lawton Chiles, Commissioner Moss was appointed to the statewide Land Use and Water Planning Task Force.
A lifelong resident of District 9, Commissioner Moss has been actively involved in community affairs and has been appointed to serve on many boards, including the Community Action Agency, the South Dade Alliance for Black Neighborhood Development, and the Metro-Miami Action Plan Trust. After over 38 years of service, Commissioner Moss retired as the Executive Director of the Richmond Perrine Optimist Club, an organization that serves the community by developing programs for at-risk youth, and disadvantaged families.
Commissioner Moss is a 1974 graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics. He is married to Margaret Hawkins-Moss and has three children.