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Mayor Derrick Henry's bio

Derrick L. Henry, a Daytona Beach native, is serving his second term as mayor of the City of Daytona Beach, after easily winning with more than 62 percent of the vote in 2016’s primary election against four challengers. He is the city’s 21st mayor since 1926, when the towns of Seabreeze, Daytona and Daytona Beach merged into one city. Mayor Henry is our community’s second African American mayor.  

Mayor Henry’s campaign platform was “Together we can do more,” and his priorities are improving the quality of life for all residents, making the city friendlier to businesses, mentoring youth and upgrading the city’s aged infrastructure. 

Overall, under the direction of Mayor Henry’s leadership, the city has enjoyed many positives since he first took office in 2012. The unemployment rate is down, property values have increased, many private investors have built transformative projects, minority hiring is up in City Hall and crime is down throughout the city.

Prior to serving as the city’s top elected official, Mayor Henry was a teacher, assistant principal, high school basketball coach at Mainland High school, where he was recognized as Volusia County’s Social Studies “Teacher of the Year” in 1998-1999.  He also served as the city’s Zone 5 commissioner from 2009 to 2011.

In addition to fulfilling his duties as mayor, he remains a certified educator. He is the executive director for Step-by-Step Expressions, Inc., which offers exciting and innovative training sessions for teachers and students. In addition, he serves as a school-based administrator for the Putnam County School District.

He is married to Dr. Stephanie Henry, an international education consultant and creator of learning programs. Mayor Henry has two sons, Michael and Derrick Jr. and a beautiful daughter named Paisley. 

• Westside Elementary in Daytona Beach
• Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, where he served as class president in his junior and senior years.
• Rollins College, graduating in 1991 with dual majors in philosophy and psychology.
• Stetson University, graduating in 2004 with a master’s degree in educational leadership.

• 1998-1999 Volusia County Social Studies “Teacher of the Year”
• Awarded the opportunity for his class to participate in a web-chat with President Bill Clinton
• Coached three state championship basketball teams in 1995, 1996 and 1998.

Derrick Henry
Derrick L. Henry

301 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Room 200
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Ph: (386) 671-8007

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