Tallahassee Mayor John Marks to Lead Florida League of Cities

He will serve as 2009-2010 president of statewide municipal association

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks was formally installed today as president of the Florida League of Cities during the organization’s 83rd annual conference in Orlando.

In his installation remarks, President Marks presented a “Five-Point Plan for Florida’s Cities” that outlined his vision for his upcoming one-year term. The plan is designed to strengthen municipal governance and enhance the quality of life for Florida’s citizens.

“I am humbled and honored that I have been selected by my peers, the League members,” Marks said. “This post gives me an opportunity to serve all of the cities and citizens in our great State of Florida in addition to serving the people of Tallahassee. I will work tirelessly to help make the League’s 410 member cities stronger and better prepared for the challenges they face.”

“I am confident President Marks will continue the great legacy of our League,” said Carmine Priore, outgoing Florida League of Cities president and vice mayor of Wellington. “He is truly a committed public servant and has an excellent vision for his term as president.”

President Marks has long been active with the Florida League of Cities and has served on many committees and on its board of directors. He also served as the charter president of the Florida League of Mayors, a statewide association of mayors he helped to establish.

In addition to his duties as Mayor of Tallahassee, Marks practices law with his son in the law firm of Marks and Marks LLC. His board affiliations include Fringe Benefits Management Company, the Tallahassee Economic Development Council, the Alliance for Digital Equality, the Tallahassee/Leon County Civic Center Authority, the Sunshine State Governmental Financing Commission and the Economic Club of Florida. Appointed by Governor Bob Graham in 1979, he served eight years on the Florida Public Service Commission and served as the Commission’s chairman for two years.

“Mayor Marks has dedicated his life to public service and will be a great asset to our organization,” said Florida League of Cities Executive Director Mike Sittig. “I am excited about his leadership and vision for Florida’s cities.”

Founded in 1922, Florida League of Cities, Inc. is the official organization of the state’s municipal governments (cities, towns, villages); designed and established to meet the needs of Florida’s municipal officials and the citizens they serve.

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