North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre was named the 2012 Person of the Year for the Haitian community.
The distinction came from Island TV, a Haitian-American cable network, which every year honors individuals who have had an impact on the local Haitian community.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, the city aired a clip from Island TV honoring the mayor for his contributions to North Miami and the Haitian community at large.
“I think his legacy will be the impact he leaves on this city where Haitians, Americans are represented well,” said Island TV moderator and owner Boby Phillipeaux in the clip.
Under Pierre’s leadership, the Island TV clip points to a number of national awards the city has received including being named one of ten communities nationwide to be bestowed the title “All-America City”.
The clip also mentioned that since Pierre became mayor in 2009, the city has seen many firsts for employees of Haitian descent.
The city hired its first Haitian-American city attorney, police chief and finance director. North Miami also has several employees of Haitian descent in other top level city jobs.
Pierre beat out several other well known names in the Haitian community for the title of person of the year including Marleine Bastien, executive director for Haitian Women of Miami, Gepsie Metellus, executive director of Sant La and Jan Mapou, owner of Liberi Mapou.
Phillipeaux said Pierre was a “standout.”
In response to the clip and honor, Pierre said at Tuesday’s meeting that the city’s awards and accolades would not be possible without all of the residents of North Miami.
“Thank you so much all of you, the community, for the work that you have put in the city of North Miami,” Pierre said.
And in what has been a running joke in recent months, he wrapped up with his retirement plan once his term ends.
“I have four more months left,” he said. “Then after that I get to be Andre Pierre again. We’ll be drinking Cuba Libres.”