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Residents of the City of Sunrise are represented by:
Mayor Michael J. Ryan
Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto 
Assistant Deputy Mayor Neil C. Kerch 

Commissioner Mark A. Douglas
Commissioner Lawrence A. Sofield

Mayor Michael J. 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 Joseph A. ScuottoDeputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto

Joseph A. Scuotto - a resident of Sunrise for over 40 years - grew up playing youth sports in Sunrise, attended Bair Middle School, and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. A Sunrise business owner since 1985, Scuotto has served as a City Commissioner since 1997, and was most recently returned to office without opposition in 2016.

Deputy Mayor Scuotto participates in the Broward County School Board’s Partners in Education program that has helped students enter the workforce, and has sponsored numerous civic organizations and charities, including the American Cancer Society, Kaitlyn’s Gift for Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dan Marino Foundation, Lutz Buddy Up, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida. He is the president of the Sunrise Italian-American Civic Association and has been an active member of several committees, including serving as Chair of the Florida League of Cities’ Environmental Quality Committee.

Deputy Mayor Scuotto currently serves on the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. He was also a chair of Broward County’s Resource Recovery Board, and the previous Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

Deputy Mayor Scuotto recently proposed a Free Recycled Paint program – unanimously approved by his colleagues – which would provide free exteri­or paint to Sunrise homeowners. He initiated the Youth Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes exemplary male and female student athletes. He also started and is a staunch supporter of expanding the City’s School Resource Officer program to include grades K-12. Deputy Mayor Scuotto is the owner of Scuotto’s Pizza Café/Drive Thru restaurant in Sunrise. He and his fiancée, Allison, are the proud parents of two girls, Kaitlyn and Alyse.

Assistant Deputy Mayor Neil C. KerchAssistant Deputy Mayor Neil C. Kerch

Neil C. Kerch was elected to the Sunrise City Commission in March of 2013, and re-elected in 2018. Assistant Deputy Mayor 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. Assistant Deputy Mayor 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, Assistant Deputy Mayor 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, Assistant Deputy Mayor Kerch was employed in the Hotel/Restaurant industry.

Assistant Deputy Mayor Kerch has been a resident of Sunrise since 2004, where he has been active throughout our community. Assistant Deputy Mayor 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.

Assistant Deputy Mayor Kerch is married to Carmen, and they have one child.

Commissioner Mark A. DouglasCommissioner Mark A. Douglas

Commissioner Douglas is an Attorney at Law for the past 14 years. He graduated in 2006 from the Florida International University (FIU) College of Law and litigates throughout the State of Florida, including in all three Federal Districts. He focuses on Criminal Defense, Immigration Law and handles matters related to unpaid minimum wage and overtime arising under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with honors and is a Licensed Realtor for over 15 years. Before private Law practice, he worked as a Criminal Prosecutor in the Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney Office.

While in Law school, he served as a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney office, worked pro-bono in the Miami-Dade Public Defenders office and participated in Student Government, serving as president of the Black Law Students Association. He also was member of the Law School’s Board of Advocates, representing the school at the National level in negotiating competitions, and was named to the Dean’s list of scholars.

He has been involved in many community activities through the years, frequently providing pro bono services to indigent clients and providing free legal advice during Citizenship drives within Broward County, also frequently acting as a mentor to young law students and lawyers. He has served on the Board of four Homeowners Associations, and continues to serve as President of his Community Association board for over 12 years.

Before being elected to the City Commission, 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 Zoning Adjustment.

In 2019, he served as Deputy Mayor and is the City’s representative on the Board of the Broward League of Cities. At the statewide level, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT), a State League sponsored entity that provides a range of Insurance coverage for over 550 public entities statewide including the City of Sunrise, insuring over 10 Billion dollars in property values. Nationally, he served for two terms on the National League of Cities’ Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Federal Advocacy Committee, and is now serving on the Community and Economic Development Committee (CED). He is a member of the Broward County Bar Association, serving on their mentorship committee.

Commissioner Douglas and his family have resided in Sunrise for over 18 years.

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.

In 2019, Commissioner Sofield was elected to serve as Member At-Large on the Executive Committee of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), which has followed the mission to collaboratively plan, prioritize, and fund the delivery of diverse transportation options since 1977. The Commissioner has served in related advisory roles with the Broward MPO since 2010.

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 three grandchildren.