Shari McCartney has been a resident of County Commission District 4 for nearly 40 years. A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School and the University of Florida, she served on the Oakland Park City Commission from 2011-2015, serving as Commissioner, Vice-Mayor and Mayor.
Shari is a partner with the Tripp Scott Law Firm. She has represented clients in healthcare, education, and consumer finance, and provides strategic direction on complex business matters and management issues. She also advises public boards of hospitals, community colleges, charter schools and municipalities in all matters of governance.
Shari’s leadership in Oakland Park forged consensus on the commission, sparking the renaissance of the downtown, creating the Culinary District – which became home to the Funky Buddha brewery – and attracting businesses and responsible redevelopment. Shari led in the efforts to finance drainage infrastructure repair with municipal bonds during the recession while such financing was inexpensive saving the city millions and modernizing infrastructure throughout the city. She pursued and won commission support for a massive, permanent water-flow pump to end King Tide flooding in the city’s low-lying neighborhoods. She also spearheaded pension reform, the maintenance of 25% reserve fund and supported efficient, effective budgets. Shari championed “nuts and bolts” governance – meet the everyday challenges and do it well. Under this philosophy, the commission focused on infrastructure maintenance and repair, effective code enforcement and debt reduction.
Additionally, Shari led the city in development of a beautification plan, which is still being implemented today. With her consensus-building leadership, the city strengthened its physical infrastructure, ensured financial stability, and embarked on an economic redevelopment plan and an aesthetic and cultural renaissance.
Shari has served as a Trustee of the Municipal Pension Investment Trust; Member of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; and the Board of Directors of the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Inc., a Center of Excellence serving children with special health care needs. Shari is currently a member of the Advisory Council to Pine Crest School. She and her family are parishioners at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale.