On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the Chairwoman’s office released a memo laying out the new committee structure and leadership.
Dennis Moss will lead the Housing and Social Services Committee, with jurisdiction over public housing, homeless services, programs for the elderly, etc.
Edmonson’s predecessor as board chairman, Esteban “Steve’ Bovo, will lead Transportation and Finance, which will mostly focus on transit but also includes areas dealing with county borrowing and budgeting.
Rebeca Sosa, a former board chairwoman who is now vice-chair under Edmonson, will lead Tourism & Ports, a committee overseeing Miami International Airport and Port Miami.
Barbara Jordan will lead Infrastructure and Capital Improvements, a committee that will oversee water and sewer projects and the county’s resiliency programs.
Sally Heyman will lead Health Care and County Operations, which includes emergency management, elections, purchasing and construction.
Joe Martinez, a former county police officer seen as a possible candidate for Miami-Dade sheriff in 2024, will lead the committee overseeing police and jails: Public Safety and Rehabilitation.
Javier Souto will lead the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs committee.
Edmonson also will continue with a committee created by her predecessor two years that gave the Office of the Chair a central role in major legislation. That is now the Chairwoman’s Policy Council, and it is made up of the seven committee chairs. Edmonson serves as chairwoman of the council.
Edmonson also named Higgins to be chair of a subcommittee assigned to Communities Disparities, an umbrella term for divides when it comes to income, public safety, poverty and housing. The Communities Disparities subcommittee reports to the Chairwoman’s Policy Council.
Read the appointment memo here.