Joseph L. Kelley and Luis B. Santiago were sworn into their positions as Vice Mayor and Commissioner, respectively, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in the Municipal Complex Building, 780 Fisherman Street after winning the November 6, 2012 election in the City of Opa-locka.
Kelley, who previously served from 2000 to 2004 as Commissioner and from 2004 to 2010 as Mayor, catapulted into the position of Vice-Mayor with the highest total votes during the commission election. Kelley, a pastor of Holy Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Opa-locka, was sworn-in by his wife Tangela.
The newest member of the political arena, Santiago was surrounded by “spirited” family, friends and community supporters, as he took the Oath of Office administered, at his request, by District One County Commissioner Barbara Jordan. Often sharing his affection for the City of Opa-locka by referring to it as ”my city,” Santiago, a car salesman, stated that he wanted to begin serving by cleaning the community before the holidays.
The remaining candidates, former Commissioners Rose Tydus, Gail Miller and Terrence Pinder (who only lost to Santiago by only 47 votes), former Mayor John Riley, former City Clerk Deborah Sheffield-Irby and Andre Faustin, wished the two newly elected officials well.