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Residents of the City of Sunrise are represented by:
Mayor Michael J. Ryan
Deputy Mayor Mark A. Douglas
Assistant Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto

Commissioner Neil C. Kerch
Commissioner Lawrence A. Sofield

Mayor RyanMayor Michael J. Ryan

Michael J. Ryan was elected Mayor of Sunrise in August 2010, and returned to office without opposition in both 2012 and 2016. He earned a B.B.A., majoring in Finance, from The George Washington University, and a Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mayor Ryan has long been an active resident of the City of Sunrise. Mayor Ryan served as a PTA President for two years and as an Executive Board Officer for an additional two years with the Sawgrass Elementary PTA; a volunteer coach over many years for youth soccer, baseball and flag football; volunteer coach for high school varsity girls soccer team; and two terms as Chair of the Education Advisory Board for the City of Sunrise.

In addition, Mayor Ryan is an appointed member of the Broward County Regional Planning Council; chair (and prior vice-chair) of the Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee (regional emergency 911 communications); co-chair of the Communications Working Group for Strengthening Police-Community Relations; past chair and past vice-chair of the Public Safety Committee for the Broward League of Cities; past co-chair of the Broward County League of Cities’ Joint School Resource Officers Task Force; current co-chair of the Broward League of Cities’ School and Community Public Safety Taskforce; and, a current member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association Committee on Domestic Violence Injunction Process. He is an elected member of the Florida League of Mayors (2016-present) as well as a member of the Florida League of Cities' Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Mayor Ryan has received awards for his work in the community, and is a frequent author regarding matters of public importance. His work promoting scholastic and community based chess initiatives has been the subject of local, national and international news coverage. Mayor Ryan's efforts, along with that of the City Commission and City staff, led to the City of Sunrise earning the national title of “Chess City 2015” by the United States Chess Federation and the development of the Sunrise Center for Excellence in Chess.

Mayor Ryan is also a lawyer and partner in the law firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2019, Mayor Ryan was awarded the Broward County Bar Association’s “Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, Jr. Lawyer-Public Servant Award.” Aside from his successful law practice, Mayor Ryan has been an active force in the lives of many in our community. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary to the Board for the Broward County Women in Distress. His charitable works include running marathons for charity, helping gather goods and supplies to assist Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, traveling to Haiti to volunteer after the earthquake, traveling overseas to volunteer at a U.S.O. Wounded Warrior Center, and a 900-mile bike ride to benefit, among others, wounded soldiers and their families. .

Deputy Mayor Mark A. DouglasDeputy Mayor Mark A. Douglas

Mark A. Douglas was elected to the Sunrise City Commission in November 2016. Deputy Mayor Douglas is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate in law, is licensed to practice in the State Courts of Florida and is admitted to practice in the Federal Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts. He practices in the areas of Criminal Defense, Immigration Law and handles matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, (FLSA). In addition he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with honors, is a licensed Realtor for over decade and has managed his own Law practice since 2007. Prior to embarking on the private practice of law, he worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, where he also previously served as a Certified Legal Intern while enrolled in Law School.

In Law School, Deputy Mayor Douglas was involved in student Government serving as president of the Black Law Students Association, was named to the Dean’s List of Scholars, and was a member of the Law School’s Board of Advocates.

Deputy Mayor Douglas has been involved in the wider community in many different ways. He frequently provides pro bono services to indigent clients within the community and assists with Citizenship drives within Broward County, also having served as treasurer of the Jamaican American Bar Association. In addition, he has served on the Board of several condominiums, including being currently president of his community condominium board for over a decade.

He was a member of the Broward County Consumer Protection Board, The City of Sunrise Economic Development Advisory Board, the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board - which he chaired for two terms - and the City’s Board of Adjustment.

Additionally he serves as the City’s representative on the Board of the Broward League of Cities, on the National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy (FAIR) Committee and most recently was appointed to the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Deputy Mayor Douglas has lived in Sunrise for over 17 years with his wife Chelsa and their two boys.

Assistant Deputy Mayor ScuottoAssistant Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto

Joseph Scuotto - a resident of Sunrise for more than 30 years - has served as a City Commissioner since 1997, and was most recently returned to office without opposition in 2016.

Assistant Deputy Mayor Scuotto participates in the Broward County School Board's Partners in Education program and has sponsored numerous civic organizations and charities, including the American Cancer Association, the Dan Marino Foundation and the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida. He is the president of the Sunrise Italian-American Civic Association, and has served on the board of the Sunrise Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Scuotto has been an active member of several committees, including serving as Chair of the Florida League of Cities' Environmental Quality Committee. He was also a board member of Broward County's Resource and Recovery Board. Assistant Deputy Mayor Scuotto currently serves on the National League of Cities' Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, and is the Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. 

Assistant Deputy Mayor Scuotto is the president of Scuotto's Coney Island Treats, Inc. He is also the owner of Scuotto's Pizza & Pasta, a restaurant in Sunrise.

Commissioner KerchCommissioner Neil C. Kerch

Neil C. Kerch was elected to the Sunrise City Commission in March of 2013, and re-elected in 2018. Commissioner Kerch graduated cum laude from Florida Atlantic University in 2001 with a B.A. in Finance and Management. He received his J.D. in 2005 from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. Commissioner Kerch is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida. After being admitted to the Florida Bar, Commissioner Kerch served as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County. He currently works as a Trial Lawyer and Counselor of Law where he represents clients with legal issues in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Commissioner Kerch was employed in the Hotel/Restaurant industry.

Commissioner Kerch has been a resident of Sunrise since 2004, where he has been active throughout our community. Commissioner Kerch is a member of many professional associations and organizations. He has been a youth athletics coach for the children of Sunrise and, prior to being elected to the City Commission, served on the City's Leisure Services Advisory Board.

Commissioner Kerch is married to Carmen, and they have one child.

Commissioner SofieldCommissioner Lawrence A. Sofield

Lawrence Sofield was appointed to the City Commission on February 17, 2009, and was elected by voters in November 2010. He was returned to office without opposition in 2014, and re-elected in 2018.

Since becoming a Sunrise resident in 1992, Commissioner Sofield has been an active and involved member of the community. As the founder and past president of the East Sunrise Residents Association, he has worked to boost safety and expand recreation opportunities in his neighborhood. In 2008, in an effort to further increase civic involvement, he founded the Central Sunrise Residents Association.

Commissioner Sofield is an advocate for quality education: He currently serves on the Village Elementary School Advisory Council, and is a past member of the Broward County School Board's Diversity Committee. He is also a past member of the Sunrise Leisure Services Advisory Board, and has been a volunteer coach in the City's t-ball and youth basketball leagues since 2003. 

Commissioner Sofield is a licensed real estate agent and the president and founder of RealPost, Inc. - a successful Sunrise-based business. He is married with four children and four grandchildren.
Last updated: 10/8/2019 1:03:53 PM