For the past 41 years, Jerry has been involved in all fields of emergency services and emergency management. In 2015, Graziose retired from the Broward County School Board after more than 30 years, most recently as the Director of Safety and Chief Fire Official. He began as a firefighter for the Bailey Road Fire Department in 1974, which is now home to the City of North Lauderdale Fire Department Station #34. While with the fire department, he was Firefighter of the Year twice and obtained the rank of Captain/Chief Fire Inspector before leaving to complete another eleven years with the city of Margate Fire Department.
Jerry is no stranger to being involved in volunteer, civic, and professional services in our area. Graziose was named the 2011-2012 Broward County Fire Marshal of the Year by the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County; received a proclamation in his honor from the School Board of Broward County and received a day in his honor by the Broward County Commission. In 1987, Jerry received the Quad City Citizen of the Year Award.
He has been a coach in the North Lauderdale Sports League, a member of the Broadview/Pompano Park Civic Association since 1974, and President since 1997, past Secretary of the Bailey Road Volunteer Fire Department, past Director of the Florida State Fireman's Association, former Co-Chairperson of the Broward County Unincorporated Communities Association, past President of the Florida School Plant Management Association, past Vice President of the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County and a founding member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in North Lauderdale. From 1980-1990 he was the Advisory Chairperson at Broadview Elementary School, a Volunteer of the Year at Broadview Elementary School, and was the Safety Chairperson for the North Area School Advisory Council. Graziose also works with the Broward chapter of the American Red Cross and Broward County on the operation of hurricane shelters, when storms impact the area.
Graziose received his Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Palm Beach Atlantic University and dual Associate of Science degrees in Marketing and Distribution and Fire Science from Broward Community College, Davie, FL.
While working at a family business in Sunrise, Fla., Jerry met his future wife Cheryl. The two married in 1972 and moved to the Broadview-Pompano Park area. They have four children and five grandchildren: Jerry, Deborah (deceased), Cathy, Tina, Madison, Emily, Brian and Kaya, and Hailey.
Graziose is committed to his community and was instrumental in the smooth transition of the unincorporated areas that were annexed into the City of North Lauderdale several years ago. He is involved in the planning and implementation of the Neighborhood Improvement Programs in the Broadview and Pompano Park communities.
Commissioner Jerry Graziose