Mayor of the City of Miami Beach
Seal of the City of Miami Beach
Incumbent
Dan Gelber

since November 13, 2017
Term lengthTwo years
Inaugural holderJohn Newton Lummus, Sr.
Formation1915
Salary$10,000 (as of 2015)
WebsiteMayor's official website

The mayor of Miami Beach is the nonpartisan chief executive of the municipal government of Miami Beach, Florida, and the presiding member of its seven-member City Commission. Modern-day mayors are elected to two-year terms and are term-limited to no more than 3 terms, which can be consecutive or non-consecutive. The mayor and other members of the City Commission appoint a city manager to administer the day-to-day affairs and operations of City Hall and its various departments. City Hall is located at 1700 Convention Center Drive; the mayor's office is located on the fourth floor.

The current mayor is Dan Gelber, who was elected on November 7, 2017, and assumed office on November 13, 2017. He was reelected, without opposition, on September 6, 2019.[1][2] He is the son of the 33rd mayor, Seymour Gelber. The younger Gelber is the third son to follow in his father's footsteps and hold the office. Other father-son combinations who served as mayors include the John Lummuses (Jr. and Sr.) and the Dermers (Jay and David).

Mayors (1915–present)

No. Portrait Name Term in office Terms Approximate

length of service

Notes
1 John Newton Lummus, Sr.

1871-1961

March 26, 1915

October 28, 1918

2 3 years,

7 months

Father of 5th mayor, J. N. Lummus, Jr.
2 Thomas Jessup Pancoast

1865-1941

October 28, 1918

October 25, 1920

1 2 years [3]
3 Thomas E. James October 25, 1920

October 23, 1922

1 2 years
4 Louis Fielding "Red" Snedigar

1890-1951

October 23, 1922

December 21, 1926

1st and 2nd of 4 terms 4 years,

2 months

Longest-serving mayor (8 years, 8 months over 4 terms)[4]
5 John Newton Lummus, Jr.

1899-1983

December 21, 1926

December 18, 1928

1 2 years Son of 1st mayor, J. N. Lummus, Sr.
6 Louis Fielding Snedigar

1890-1951

December 18, 1928

December 16, 1930

3rd of 4 terms 2 years [4]
7 Val C. Cleary

1882-1966

December 16, 1930

December 20, 1932

1st of 2 terms 2 years [5]
8 Arthur Frank Katzentine

1902-1960

December 20, 1932

December 18, 1934

1 2 years
9 Louis Fielding Snedigar

1890-1951

December 18, 1934

June 1, 1937

4th of 4 terms 2 years,

612 months

[4]
10 John Hale Levi

1875?-1948

June 1, 1937

June 3, 1941

2 4 years [6][7][8][9][10]
11 Val C. Cleary

1882-1966

June 3, 1941

June 1, 1943

2nd of 2 terms 2 years [5]
12 Mitchell Wolfson

1900-1983

June 1, 1943

June 5, 1944

1 1 year
13 John Hale Levi

1875?-1948

June 5, 1944

June 5, 1945

1 1 year [6][7][8][9][10]
14 Herbert A. Frink June 5, 1945

June 3, 1947

1 2 years
15 Marcie Lieberman

1896-1966

June 3, 1947

June 7, 1949

1 2 years [11]
16 Harold Turk

1915?-1988

June 7, 1949

June 5, 1951

1 2 years [12]
17 D. Lee Powell

1908-1983

June 5, 1951

June 2, 1953

1st of 3 terms 2 years [13]
18 Harold Shapiro

1906?-1981

June 2, 1953

June 7, 1955

1 2 years Born in Russia, emigrated to U.S. at age 4[14]
19 D. Lee Powell

1908-1983

June 7, 1955

June 4, 1957

2nd of 3 terms 2 years [13]
20 Kenneth Oka

1916-1987

June 4, 1957

June 2, 1959

1st of 2 terms 2 years [15][16]
21 D. Lee Powell June 2, 1959

June 6, 1961

3rd of 3 terms 2 years [13]
22 Kenneth Oka

1916-1987

June 6, 1961

June 4, 1963

2nd of 2 terms 2 years [15][16]
23 Melvin J. Richard

1911?-2001

June 4, 1963

June 1, 1965

1 2 years [17][18][19]
24
Elliott Roosevelt

1910-1990

June 1, 1965

June 6, 1967

1 2 years Son of Franklin D. Roosevelt[20][21][22][23][24]
25
Jay Dermer

1929?-1988

June 6, 1967

November 2, 1971

2 4 years,

5 months

Father of 35th mayor, David Dermer[25][24]
26
Chuck Hall

1918?-1974

November 2, 1971

August 10, 1974

(died in office)

2 2 years,

9 months

Previously served as the first mayor of Miami-Dade County, 1964-1970[26][27][28]
Acting Harold Rosen

1925-2018

August 10, 1974

November 4, 1975

1 year,

3 months 

Appointed to fill office upon Chuck Hall's death; later elected in his own right[29][30][31][32][33]
27 November 4, 1975

November 1, 1977

1  2 years
28 Leonard Haber

1933-2015

November 1, 1977

November 6, 1979

1 2 years [34]
29 Murray Selbert Meyerson

1931?-

November 6, 1979

November 3, 1981

1 2 years [35][36][37]
30 Norman Ciment

1936-

November 3, 1981

November 1, 1983

1 2 years [38][39]
31 Malcolm Hubert Fromberg

1935-2016

November 1, 1983

November 5, 1985

1 2 years [40][41][42]
32
Alex Daoud

1943-

November 5, 1985

October 31, 1991

(suspended from office)

3 6 years Suspended by Gov. Lawton Chiles following federal indictment[43][44][45]
Acting Stanley Arkin

1932-2015

October 31, 1991

November 20, 1991

3 weeks Vice mayor at time of Alex Daoud's suspension[46][47]
33 Seymour Gelber

1919-2019

November 20, 1991

November 4, 1997

3 6 years Father of 38th mayor, Dan Gelber[48][49]

[50][51][52]

34 Neisen Kasdin

1954-

November 4, 1997

November 13, 2001

2 4 years [53]
35
David Dermer

1963-

November 13, 2001

November 21, 2007

3 6 years Son of 25th mayor, Jay Dermer[24][54][55]
36
Matti Herrera Bower

1939-

November 21, 2007

November 25, 2013

3 6 years First woman and Hispanic to serve as mayor[56][57]
37
Philip Levine

1962-

November 25, 2013

November 13, 2017

2 4 years [58][59]
38
Dan Gelber

1960-

November 13, 2017

Incumbent

1 Son of 33rd mayor, Seymour Gelber[50][52]

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