FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Broward County has a new mayor and vice mayor.
Tuesday morning county commissioners selected Commissioner Beam Furr as the next mayor.
Furr, who won by a majority vote, was sworn in shortly after by former attorney general Bob Butterworth.
He is replacing the Barbara Sharief as mayor.
Furr, who had served as vice mayor, will serve as mayor through November 2018.
As a county commissioner, he represented District 6 which included parts of Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Pembroke Pines.
Before serving as county commissioner, he served as a Hollywood city commissioner for 12 years.
Furr’s priorities include working to protect the environment and increasing the quality and accessibility of early childhood education, among other things.
“Early childhood education and transportation and I am also trying to get us to 75 percent recycling. So we’re going to be working on a long-range comprehensive goal for trash and affordable housing. We have a long list, so there’s no shortage of challenges in front of us,” Furr told CBS4’s Ted Scouten after being sworn in.
Broward is not a “strong mayor” government but the mayor is the official representative of the county. As mayor, he will set the agenda for the county commission meetings and lead those meetings.
County commissioners also selected Commissioner Mark D. Bogen as the next vice mayor. He will also serve through November 2018.
Bogen is very dedicated to consumer rights and increased opportunity for economic success.
In the past, Bogen has helped put together an ordinance to regulate rideshare services like Uber in the county as a well as co-sponsored a living wage increase.
As commissioner, he represented District 2 which includes Coconut Creek, Margate and parts of Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs.