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I believe my legal training, my business background and education, my five years experience as a City Commissioner, my investment in our community, my commitment to mentoring our youth, and my unwavering commitment to Sunrise makes me the most qualified to continue serving as your City Commissioner.  In addition to the written Qualifications listed below, I invite you to check out the Events and Activities tab to see my commitment and involvement in Sunrise.

 In order to better assess my Qualifications, I believe it is helpful to understand what is the function of a City Commissioner.  

The City of Sunrise operates under a Commission/Manager form of government, led by a Mayor and four City Commissioners who are elected to four-year terms on a non-partisan basis. In November of each year, one Commissioner is selected to serve as Deputy Mayor, while another is chosen as Assistant Deputy Mayor. It is the Commission's responsibility to set policy, establish laws and adopt the City's budget. The Commission-appointed City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of Sunrise.

The Mayor and Commission strive to represent the best interests of Sunrise, and continually seek ways to better meet the expectations of the citizens they serve.

ELECTION

Neil C. Kerch was elected as City of Sunrise Commissioner in March of 2013.  Mr. Kerch was reelected as City Commissioner in November of 2014.  Mr. Kerch has served as Deputy Mayor in 2013 and 2017.  Mr. Kerch served as Assistant Deputy Mayor in 2016. In addition to serving as Commissioner, Mr. Kerch currently serves on the following Boards and Committees:

National League of Cities - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee - 2016 to present

Broward County Water Advisory Board - 2016 to present

Broward County Public Schools Facility Task Force - 2016 to present

City of Sunrise Affordable Housing Advisory Board - 2013 to present

 

PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT

Neil C. Kerch is the founder of the Law Office of Neil C. Kerch LLC, which is a small boutique law firm where he services clients with legal issues in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. 

Mr. Kerch graduated cum laude from Florida Atlantic University in 2001 with a B.A. in Finance and Management. He received his J.D. in 2005 from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named to the Dean’s List.

Mr. Kerch was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005. Mr. Kerch is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida and is a member of many professional associations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr.Kerch was employed in the Hotel/Restaurant industry.

 

EDUCATION

J.D., Nova Southeastern University,Shepard Broad Law Center, 2005

B.A. in Finance and Management, Florida Atlantic University, 2001 

 cum laude

 A.A. in Business Administration, Broward Community College, 1998

 

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUING EDUCATION

National League of Cities, Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL), 2017

Florida Institute of Government, Florida Ethics and Attorney General's Sunshine Summit, 2014

NLC University, 101: Mastering the Fundamentals, 2014

Broward County Inspector General, Sunshine Law, Public Records and Public Service Ethics, 2013

Institute for Elected Municipal Officials, 2013.

Florida League of Cities Inc. University, "Building Momentum for Community Revitalization" Regional Summit, 2013. 

 

ADMISSIONS and MEMBERSHIPS

Florida Bar, 2005

Supreme Court of the State of Florida, 2005

United States District Court - Southern District of Florida, 2008

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

All Saints Catholic School Chess Coach - 2013 to present

West Broward Democratic Club - 2013 to present

City of Sunrise Leisure Service Advisory Board - 2012, 2013

City of Sunrise Youth Athletics Coach - 2010, 2011, 2012

All Saints Catholic Church Finance Committee - 2012, 2013

All Saints Catholic School Advisory Board - 2012, 2013

Board Member of Waterside Villas Homeowner's Association - 2005 - 2009 

Sunrise Democratic Club - 2013-2016

All Saints Catholic Church Carnival Booth Captain - Chicken Wings - 2010-2014

All Saints Catholic Church Carnival Sponsorship Committee - 2012, 2013

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers. 2014, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Police Department - Chief's Citation of Appreciation - September 20, 2016

Caribbean Cultural Coalition MLK Celebration - "Defending the Dream 50 Years Later", 2014



Committee to Re-Elect Neil Kerch
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