Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez was first elected to in October 2000 and was re-elected by a wide margin for his third term in August 2008. In 2010, the Board of County Commissioners selected Martinez to serve as Chairman for a two-year term. As Chairman, Martinez will preside over County Commission meetings. He has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Budget, Planning, and Sustainability Committee.
He was appointed as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has served as a member of other committees, including Government Operations, Housing and Community Development, Airport and Tourism and Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and the Unincorporated Municipal Services Area Committee. Commissioner Martinez’ previous 17-year career with the Miami-Dade Police Department was exemplary.
He received more than 70 awards and commendations. The Department also honored him with the Officer of the Year Award in 1992 and he was twice recognized as “Officer of the Year” by the Hispanic Police Officers Association. Additionally, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners honored Martinez by proclaiming July 27, 1993, “Detective Jose Martinez Day” for bravery. A native of Miami, Commissioner Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies in Public Administration from Barry University in Miami Shores.