oliver-g-gilbert-iii_web.jpgMIAMI — City of Miami Gardens Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, was officially installed as chairman of the Miami Dade Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MDBC-LEO) on Oct. 21 at the annual installation reception hosted by Becker Poliakoff, P.A.



Other members installed as officers this year include: Miami Gardens Councilwoman Lisa Davis, vice chair; Miami Gardens Councilwoman Felicia Robinson, treasurer; and Opa-Locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, secretary.

The installation of the new officers was performed by the Hon. Judge Rodney Smith, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

“Black elected officials, and their constituents, face many of the same issues,” Chairman Gilbert said. “By coming together as one caucus we can begin a much needed dialogue that will hopefully yield new solutions to our common problems.”

The purpose of the MDBC-LEO is to provide a forum for its members to collaborate, network, share information and support one another.

The caucus works in cooperation with the League of Cities. Membership of MDBC-LEO is comprised of local elected officials and associates in Miami-Dade.

Also in attendance were State Rep. Barbara Watson; City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; Miami-Dade School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; College Summit President Dean Furbush; Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Cedric McMinn; former judge and head of the Florida International University Diversity Office Shirlyon J. McWhorter; Becker Poliakoff attorneys Yolanda Cash Jackson, Carlos J. Gimenez and Perry M. Adair; William Plasencia, senior staff for City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff; and other  guests.

Photo: HOTO COURTESY OF MDBC-LEO

Miami Gardens Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, chairman