Posted February 5, 2020 | 2:47 PM

2020 Hillsborough County Charter Review Board Makes History with Leadership Choice

First African American elected to lead the Board

The Hillsborough County Charter Review Board has chosen its officers for 2020-2021 and among them the Board has selected former State Representative Edwin Narain to be its chair.

The Charter Review Board is tasked with making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding potential adjustments to the County's charter. The Charter Review Board empanels once every five years and meets monthly for one year.

Narain served in the State Legislature representing District 61 and was appointed to the Charter Review Board by Board of County Commissioners Chairman Lesley "Les" Miller. Narain is the first African American to serve as the chair for the Charter Review Board.

"It's an honor to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as chairman of this very important body," Narain said. "I am humbled by their faith in me and look forward to working with this outstanding group of thought leaders."

The Charter Review Board has 14 members and 11 of them are new to the board. Returning to serve on the board are Vice Chairman Mitch Thrower, appointed by County Commissioner Ken Hagan, Edith Stewart, appointed by Commissioner Mariella Smith, and Art Wood, appointed by Commissioner Stacy R. White.

Serving on the board for the first time are, noted with their appointing commissioner in parentheses:

  • Belinthia Berry (BOCC Vice Chair Kimberly Overman)
  • Tammy Briant (Miller)
  • Robin DeLaVergne (Commissioner Sandra L. Murman)
  • The Honorable Mary Figg (Commissioner Pat Kemp)
  • Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox (Overman)
  • Eric Johnson (White)
  • Ernest Mueller (Hagan)
  • James Scarola (Murman)
  • The Honorable Sean Shaw (Smith)
  • Stacy Yates (Kemp)

The Charter Review Board meets monthly at Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., on the second floor. For more information about the board's regular meetings, contact Elizabeth Cardenas at (813) 274-6790.





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