Matthew Surrency, mayor of Hawthorne in Alachua County, was named president of the Florida League of Mayors at the organization’s annual business meeting Thursday.
Surrency will serve a one-year term as the League’s president.
“I’m honored,” Surrency said. “Mayors across Florida have long benefited from working together to solve common issues. I’m really looking forward to working with our Board of Directors and the members this year to continue doing exactly that.”
Surrency is serving his fifth term on the League’s Board of Directors. He is replacing outgoing President Gary Bruhn, mayor of Windermere.
Surrency was first elected to the Hawthorne City Commission in 2009 and has served as the city’s mayor since 2011. He has also served with several statewide and national groups related to local government and served as Florida League of Cities president in 2015-16.
“Mayor Surrency has been an active member of the Florida League of Mayors and involved in local government in general for many years,” Executive Director Scott Dudley said.
“He’s definitely ready to lead this organization and his fellow members into the next year as they continue to work together in the fight for Home Rule,” Dudley said. “I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Surrency in his new role as president.”