Mayor Michael E. Carn

Re-elected: November 2018
Term Expires: November 2022

City Commission Election

At the December 2, 2015 meeting, the Oakland Park City Commission appointed Michael E. Carn as City Commissioner. In a Special City Election March 15, 2016,  Mayor Carn was elected to complete the unexpired term of Shari McCartney who resigned in October 2015. He was re-elected November 6, 2018.

Community Involvement

Mayor Carn is a longtime resident of Oakland Park. His family moved to the Lakeside Estates community of Oakland Park in 1963. The community was annexed into Oakland Park in the 1970's. Michael is a graduate of the Oakland Park Local Government Academy and served as president of his 2010 class. He also served as chair of the Oakland Park Main Street Board and volunteered on the City's Census 2010 Committee.

Education and Experience

Michael graduated from Boyd Anderson High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University in 1982. He returned to Oakland Park after a 10 year electrical engineering career (missile guidance systems) with Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles, California. Upon returning, Michael founded the DATABRIDGE Corporation, a computer and systems engineering consulting firm that he led for 20 years. He is currently the President and CEO of MetroBroward Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit community development financial institution (CDFI), the provides early stage loans to entrepreneurs in Broward County

Other Boards and Community Service

Michael is very involved in community building activities in Broward County, is an advocate for community causes and volunteers in a number of leadership capacities. 
  • Appointed to Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board
  • Executive Committee Member and Past Chair, Workforce Development Board of Broward
  • Member Regions Bank Community Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Past Executive Board Member, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance (Economic Development)
  • Past Board Member, Juvenile Justice Board of Broward County
  • Past Board Member, Broward Sheriff’s Foundation
  • Past Board Member, Early Learning Coalition of Broward County
  • Past Board Member, Family Central of Broward County
  • Past Member, Broward County Management and Efficiency Study Committee
  • Past Member, Florida Atlantic University Broward Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, Sickle Cell Foundation of Broward County


Michael is the proud father of three young adult sons.