ommissioner Timothy Holmes earned Opa-locka’s first Lifetime Achievement Award given to him by Mayor Myra L. Taylor at the State-of-the- City Address in January.
A South Carolina native, Commissioner Homes became involved in the civil rights movement after he served in the United States Navy. When he moved to Opa-locka in 1981, he became a community activist – serving on numerous boards and committees. “He is an advocate for education,” said Mayor Taylor. A learning center in the Gardens Apartment Complex bears his name. The center provides after-school tutoring, said the mayor.
He was first elected to office in 1994 where he served as vice mayor. From 1995 until now he has served as a commissioner. For the past 18 years in office, Commissioner Holmes has given away thousands of turkeys and brought joy to hundreds of children with his Christmas Bicycle Giveaway.
Although he’s sponsored hundreds of legislation, his greatest achievement is his sponsorship of the “Saggy Pants Ordinance.” He created this legislation in an effort to instill pride and dignity among the male youth in Opa-locka. The ordinance was aired throughout the nation and around the world.
“Caring for people is your passion,” said Mayor Taylor.