TOWN COMMISSION

The Town Commission is the Town’s elected legislative body. The five-member Commission consists of the Mayor, Vice Mayor and three other Commissioners. Commission members elect the Vice Mayor following each Town election. The Mayor presides at Commission meetings and is recognized as the head of the Town Government at all official functions. In the Mayor’s absence, that duty falls to the Vice Mayor.

The Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 PM in Jarvis Hall, 4501 Ocean Drive (adjacent to Town Hall). The first meeting of the month is a roundtable session, where no formal Commission action is taken. The second meeting is a regular one where ordinances are adopted and the public is allowed to speak. Special meetings and workshops are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All Commission meeting agendas are posted in Town Hall and on the Town’s Web site. They are also listed in Town Topics and posted on Channel 78. The Commission takes a break in August. Meetings in September usually cannot be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, because they are not allowed to conflict with Broward County's public hearings on the County budget.


 Mayor Scot Sasser

Vice Mayor Chris Vincent

Commissioner Mark Brown

   Commissioner Stuart Dodd

Commissioner Elliot Sokolow

The Town Commission is responsible for hiring the Town Manager and Town Attorney; it also approves all professional contracts for engineering, planning, garbage pick-up and other professional services Town residents may require.

Town Commissioners serve four-year terms. The Mayor's term is two years. Commission terms are staggered. The Mayor and four Commissioners are elected at-large. Commissioners, however, run for specific seats and must reside in District 1 or District 2, which divide the Town’s voters into almost even north and south areas. To run for the Town Commission, you must reside in Town for at least six months prior to the municipal election.  

The Town operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. The Commission represents all of the citizens of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and is responsible for setting policies not designated by Florida law or the Town Charter. The Commission also adopts ordinances and resolutions on key matters, adopts the budget and establishes the tax rate and other various fees.

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