Maurice L. Kemp serves as deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County, the largest county in Florida and the eighth largest in the United States.
Before joining Miami-Dade County, Mr. Kemp served as the fire chief for the City of Miami, the first African-American to hold that position. He is also a certified paramedic and emergency medical technician.
As deputy mayor, Mr. Kemp uses his knowledge of strategic and capital planning, human services, community planning and development, fire services, public administration and budgeting to provide direct oversight to the county’s police, fire, corrections, medical examiner, community action and human services, juvenile services, and public housing and community development departments.
Mr. Kemp is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, 5,000 Role Models of South Florida and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and has been recognized by the Belafonte Tacolcy Center (Honoring our Men Award, 2016), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Fire Chief of the Year, 2016; and President’s Award for Distinction, 2015) and Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame (inducted 2010).
Mr. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in biology from Allen University in South Carolina, and a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Kemp also attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University in 2002.
Term: By virtue of office held.