Maurice Kemp serves as Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the largest county in the State of 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. He was the first ever African-American to hold that position. Mr. Kemp joined the fire department in 1985 and worked diligently and with devotion to the community for over 30 years. In addition to being a firefighter, he is 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 Police, Fire, Corrections, Medical Examiner, Community Action and Human Services, Juvenile Services, and Public Housing and Community Development departments.
In addition to his public servant duties, 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), to name a few.
Mr. Kemp 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 was inducted into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame (2010).
He 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 a program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University in 2002.