Shirley Gibson is the First Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens; the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. In 1996, Shirley Gibson had a vision of political self-determination and civic empowerment for her community. Mayor Gibson has a diverse background in the public and private sector. She was first elected to public office in 1996; where she served on the Miami Dade County Community Council Three and was elected for two consecutive terms. Ms. Gibson is a retired sixteen year veteran of the Miami Dade Police Department. In addition to fifteen years as an entrepreneur, Mayor Gibson is skilled in community organizing. Mayor Gibson is an extraordinary individual and leader. Her leadership, determination and selflessness, as evidenced by the recognition she has received, provide a template for all men and women aspiring to better their community.