Professor Ferguson named city's deputy CAO

In August, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced some key personnel changes within his administration, namely appointing Florida Coastal School of Law professor Cleveland Ferguson III as his new deputy chief administrative officer.

Ferguson has been a professor of law at Coastal Law since 2003, teaching Contract Law, Sales, Florida Constitutional Law, and Election Law. He will continue to teach one course at the law school each semester. Read the entire story.

“At a time when local governments are called on to do the same with less, I’ve been tasked with maximizing efficiencies across all sectors of the city,” Ferguson said. “Since the founding of the United States of America, lawyers have been the glue that helped society translate ideas into action, policy into process, and theories into the rule of law.”

As Deputy CAO, Ferguson will also focus on contract and procurement reform, information technology, grants, library, public health, fleet management, and other aspects of public works.  He will also develop a process for strengthening the productivity of management and further tie departmental day-to-day operations with the Mayor’s vision for the consolidated city of Jacksonville.

“As an attorney, I will advise the Mayor and CAO on a number of issues facing the city,” he said. “This appointment will take full advantage of my legal and administrative experience.  I look forward to serving in this role.”