Commissioner Joshua (Josh) Simmons was elected to office and sworn in to the City of Coral Springs Commission on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Josh is the first African-American Commissioner to be elected since the City became incorporated in 1963. With a mother who serves in the United States Navy, Josh was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved to - and attended - high school in Virginia, before relocating to Florida.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Josh earned a B.S. in Political Science. He served as an intern for a law firm, where one of the partner’s served on the Finance Committee for President Barack Obama, inspiring his own political aspirations.
To assist his mother during her deployment overseas, Josh became the legal guardian of his younger sister. It was this commitment that brought him to the City of Coral Springs. In making the decision to choose a City to live, which would provide a young teen with the best education, in a safe community, the choice of Coral Springs was easy.
After earning an M.S. in Psychology, Josh worked in the mental health field for a company that provided services in Broward County. In 2015, Josh was offered an opportunity to teach in the Broward County School System. He is currently assigned to Coral Springs High, where he teaches 12th grade Government and Economics and 10th grade Modern World History.
During Josh’s run for Commission Seat 4, he knocked on more than 4,500 doors of City residents engaging in hard, but beneficial conversations. He believed this was the best way to introduce himself, while better understanding the pulse of the Coral Springs community. Josh believes the City is a microcosm of the State of Florida, with great diversity. Of the City, Josh is proud of the 49 parks, multitude of events, schools and outstanding restaurants. His goal is to ensure Coral Springs remains a great, safe community for people of all ages, races and religious backgrounds.
Josh served on the City’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Multi-Cultural Advisory and Customer Involved Government committees for the City prior to being elected to the City Commission.
When he is not working or serving the residents of Coral Springs, Josh enjoys reading, sports, video games and travelling. As a history teacher, he enjoys learning about other cultures, history and the people he meets.
To schedule an appointment with Commissioner Simmons, please call 954-344-5911.