Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings is a native of Orlando and has the distinction of serving as Orlando’s first black Police Chief and was elected as the first black Orange County Sheriff in 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is married to former Orlando Police Chief Valdez B. Demings who is the first female Police Chief in the history of Orlando, and was elected in November 2016, to the 115th Session of the United States Congress. She represents Florida Congressional District 10. They have three sons, two of whom are twins. All of his sons are graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He was the chief law enforcement executive in the county and managed a budget of over $280 million dollars and approximately 2,600 employees. On August 28, 2018, Mayor Demings was elected the first African American Mayor of Orange County and was sworn in as Mayor on December 4, 2018. He is the chief executive over 8,000 county employees with a budget of over $4 billion.
Mayor Demings is a graduate of Jones High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Orlando College, which is now Everest University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and is listed in Who's Who Among College Students. He is a graduate of the 194th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and studied at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to being Sheriff, County Mayor Richard Crotty appointed him as the Director of Public Safety for Orange County in October 2002. He oversaw several Orange County Departments including the Jail, Fire Department, Public Safety Communications and Emergency Operations. He had combined budgetary oversight of over $320 million and nearly 3,200 employees.
Mayor Demings has been recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the 50 most influential Central Floridians each year since 2009 and has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel many years as one of the 25 most influential persons in the area. His leadership has been evident during crises such as the events of 9/11, the Florida hurricanes of 2004, the Casey Anthony trial of 2009/10, and the June 12, 2016, Orlando massacres.
Mayor Demings is involved in numerous civic activities. He was appointed to the FEMA National Advisory Council in July 2014, and served until 2018. He was appointed by the Chief Justice to the Florida Supreme Court’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force. He served as President of the Florida Sheriffs Association 2016-2017, President of the Major County Sheriffs Foundation and President of the Florida Association for Constitutional Officers, Inc. He also served on the National Sheriffs Association Board of Directors. Mayor Demings volunteers at his church, several non-profit agencies, fraternities and professional organizations. His passion is working with children’s organizations.