Office of the Mayor
Mayor Masters - Biography
Mayor Thomas A. Masters is in his fourth term as mayor of the City of Riviera Beach. Re-elected three times to the non-voting position, most recently after capturing an overwhelming majority in a three-way race for his seat in March 2013, the mayor commands a powerful platform. A representative of the entire city, Masters ensures the voice of every resident is heard through the Office of the Mayor always declaring “Let the People Speak”. Having served 20+ years as a community activist on the pacific coast, the Pasadena, California native came to Florida in 1987 to serve as pastor of the New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riviera Beach.
Mayor Bishop Masters’ community activism is long-lived and started with his religious faith. Formerly known as the “Wonder Boy Preacher”, Bishop Thomas Masters began preaching at age four, became a licensed minister at age 9 and was ordained at age 12, taking God’s message to the masses worldwide.
Mayor Masters is proud of his many accomplishments during the past eight years of service to City residents, however, the one that is most dear to his heart is the ‘Riviera Beach Senior Discount Program’ which some believe could save the elderly community an estimated $1.2 Million dollars. This initiative is the result of the Mayor personally galvanizing more than 100 City businesses to give the 4600 residents, age 62 and older, a 10 to 50 percent discount on products and services.
Mayor Masters explains “these discounts will help ease some of the economic hardships seniors endure while living on fixed incomes, struggles that he personally witnessed with his own aging mother, Dr. Isabell Masters, until her death in 2012.
Another heart felt mission accomplished by Mayor Masters is the creation of the Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) within the Riviera Beach Office of the Mayor. Touched by the plight of our military service men and women returning home to the City from fighting and protecting us abroad, Mayor Masters sought to do something tangible to advocate and assist veterans and their immediate family in obtaining earned veteran services and benefits.
MOVA serves as a clearinghouse for providing information and maintaining partnerships with county, state, national organizations and federal agencies providing assistance to veterans. The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs is manned by veteran volunteers in the Mayor’s office and is opened Wednesdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
This month, Mayor Masters was the only elected official from Palm Beach County to travel to Turkey as part of a special 15-member Florida delegation of mayors, commissioners, college presidents and state legislators invited to address that country’s largest business association at the International Davraz Congress. As a result of the Turkey trip, the mayor and Palm Beach State College president, Dr. Dennis Gallon, inked a historic agreement offering Riviera Beach residents more opportunity to further their education. Dr. Gallon joined Mayor Masters in sponsoring the city’s first ‘Riviera Beach Day’ at the college where thousands of city students have attended over the past 25 years.
Following the mayor’s recent trips to Equatorial, Guinea and China, and having been elected Vice President of Tourism for the World Conference of Mayors, Mayor Masters now confers with government officials, corporate leaders and investors from around the world regarding global issues and of course, promoting education, job creation, and business development in Riviera Beach. Mayor Masters has also led the city council in establishing sister-city relationships with Freeport, Bahamas, Isparta, Turkey and Kunming City, China, where he was a VIP guest to the 5th Global Outsourcing Summit in 2012.
Known as the ‘Jobs Mayor’, focused on putting people back to work, Masters organized an Ex-felon Jobs Fair where more than 700 people came hoping for a second chance at sustainable employment. From that, Mayor Masters started the only weekly, Faith-based and Non-Profit ‘Jobs Club’ in the State. As a result of his efforts and aggressive outreach to the City’s major employers, hundreds of unemployed and under-employed individuals, including ex-felons, have found gainful employment in and around Riviera Beach, and across Palm Beach County. His efforts to limit sentencing for young offenders, pushing juvenile justice issues took him all the way to Rome for a personal meeting with the late Pope John Paul.
Mayor Masters has empowered residents to fight crime in their neighborhoods, obtained college scholarships for City students and brought local health care experts together to brainstorm on ways to fight negative health and lifestyle issues.
This mayor’s activism is not limited to the city of Riviera Beach or even to the United States of America. When the Haiti earthquake shook the very foundation of the country in 2010, Mayor Masters led recovery efforts and organized two flights filled with 32,000+ pounds of food and medical supplies, and 65 doctors and nurses, an effort which saved thousands of lives in Haiti.
As Mayor, Thomas Masters likes to say, he has been able to “turn advocacy into policy”. To that end, he led the creation of a city teen curfew, forbidding teenagers under 18 years old from being on the streets of Riviera Beach after 11:00pm weekdays and by midnight on Weekends unless accompanied by an adult. As a result of this ordinance in 2011, not one underage child has been shot or killed during curfew hours. Mayor Masters also led the charge for the passing of a citywide ordinance in 2009 that made wearing “Saggy Pants In Public” illegal. The ordinance passed by nearly 75% of the voting electorate.
He is the City’s liaison to the Riviera Beach Education Advisory Board, and a member of both the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Black Mayors.
600 W. Blue Heron Boulevard
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Office: (561) 845-4145
Fax: (561) 863-3236
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