Meet Chief Civic Affairs Officer Lorie Mertens-Black

Lorie cropped (sm).jpg Lorie Mertens-Black serves at the Chief Civic Affairs Officer for the City addressing citizen services, quality of life and civic engagement issues, as well as monitoring the City’s legislative agenda and legislative issues at the federal and state levels. Mrs. Mertens-Black started with Hollywood in 1993 and has extensive experience in budgeting, capital budgeting, intergovernmental and legislative issues, operations, personnel and special projects. She has a Bachelor’s Degree is in Public Relations & Communications and a Masters in Public Administration.

Prior to her position as Chief Civic Affairs Officer, Mrs. Mertens-Black was the Director of Parking and Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Hollywood. In this role, she oversaw a $7.5 million annual budget, reorganized staffing to better utilize part time staff and reduce personnel related costs and increased revenues by 25%. Prior to that Mrs. Mertens-Black worked as Senior Policy Analyst, Budget Analyst, Assistant to the Public Works Director, and Recycling Coordinator.

Mrs. Mertens-Black has coordinated the City’s legislative agenda and monitored legislative issues for the City since 2002. She has worked on issues ranging from the mitigation of impacts due to the expansion of gambling on Seminole Tribal lands, beach renourishment, and Sea Turtle lighting regulations. During her tenure with the City, Mrs. Mertens-Black also directed the campaign for a successful $54 million General Obligation Bond (GOB) Referendum in 2004; implemented GOB projects and managed project budgets; coordinated the agreements and budget for the $25 million ArtsPark at Young Circle project; and provided oversight of the City’s Capital Improvement Budget from 2001 to 2009. In addition, she currently serves as the liaison to the City’s Green team and has previously served as the liaison to City’s Charter Review Committee, GOB Oversight Committee, Airport Advisory Committee, Parking Advisory Committee, and Education Advisory Committee.