Broward hires new county administrator, skipping national search

Lisa J. Huriash, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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Deputy County Administrator Monica Cepero will become the county’s top administrator, the commission voted late Tuesday afternoon.

She’ll replace County Administrator Bertha Henry, who is paid $369,000 a year, and retires in March.

The commission will approve Cepero’s contract and salary later. The vote eliminated the lengthy process of a national search.

Cepero will oversee an annual budget of $5.4 billion and 6,000 workers, as well as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and the convention and visitors bureau. Broward is the 17th largest county in the U.S. and has a population of about 2 million people.

Mayor Steve Geller said Cepero had been offered a “major” job in Miami-Dade County, and he wanted to make sure she’d stay.

County commissioners said Cepero is uniquely qualified because she had been training under Henry for years.

“It’s such a credit to you Bertha for the team you put together,” said Commissioner Nan Rich. “The thought of starting with someone [new]… would set us back significantly.”

Only Commissioner Tim Ryan opposed the hire, saying he thought a national search was appropriate.

Cepero has been Henry’s top assistant since October 2017 and for a decade before that was an assistant county administrator under Henry.

Cepero said the county’s affordable housing and transportation are the issues that keep her up at night.

She said she was “humbled and grateful. I appreciate your support and value your confidence.”