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TAMARAC, Fla. (December 13, 2021) –Wednesday, Dec. 8, City of Tamarac Commission member Mike Gelin was appointed as the municipality’s Vice Mayor after a unanimous vote by the Commission. Gelin will serve as the City’s second-ranking official for a term of one year.
In 2018, Gelin was elected as Tamarac’s District 2 Commissioner. Some of his accomplishments include, advocating to recognize Juneteenth as a City holiday in 2020, before it became a national holiday, instituting a Sister Cities program and establishing a small, local and veteran-owned business preference program. Gelin also successfully advocated to expand Tamarac’s “Ban the Box” legislation, which prohibits any requirement by the City of Tamarac or its contractors for job applicants to disclose whether they have a criminal history.
“I am extremely honored that my colleagues selected me to serve in this capacity,” said Gelin. “I look forward to continuing the work of advocating for innovative programs and resources that will enhance the quality of life for Tamarac’s residents and business community.”
Gelin has a proven public service track record. He has represented the City of Tamarac on the Community Involvement Roundtable of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and served on the City's Insurance Advisory Board. The Vice Mayor is a Class of 2009 graduate of Tamarac University, and a past member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Florida’s premier non-partisan political and public affairs organization. In 2014, Gelin was selected as a fellow in the inaugural class of the New Leaders Council of Broward County, which is recognized as one of the nation’s top progressive training programs for young professionals. He currently serves on the Center for Independent Living of Broward County’s Board of Directors.
Gelin is a graduate of Morris Brown College. He studied abroad at the University of Ghana in West Africa, and the American InterContinental University in London, England.
He is the President of Gelin Benefits Group, an insurance brokerage and benefits consulting company. Gelin and his family have lived in Tamarac for 15 years.
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ABOUT THE CITY OF TAMARAC
Tamarac covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to nearly 72,000 residents, according to the 2020 U.S. Census, and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information, visit www.Tamarac.org.