Gov. DeSantis names Jared Moskowitz, Torey Alston to Broward commission

Event held at FDOT district office in Fort Lauderdale

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that he is appointing two men to the Broward County commission.

At a news conference held at the Florida Department of Transportation District 4 Office in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis said Jared Moskowitz and Torey Alston will fill vacancies recently created on the commission.

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“They’re obviously both from here. They kind of live and breathe Broward County, and they both have demonstrated records of service to the community both here locally as well as to the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.

Alston, an alumnus of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, was most recently the chief of staff for the Florida Department of Transportation. Prior to that, he was the chief of staff for former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones.

“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and serve the people of Broward County in District 9,” Alston said after being introduced Tuesday. “I know District 9, and District 9 knows me.”

District 9 had been represented by Dale Holness.

Moskowitz, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas alum born in Coral Springs, was overseeing the state’s COVID-19 response as the state’s Division of Emergency Management Director before resigning from that post in February so he could spend more time with his family.

Moskowitz’s work in public service began in 2006 when at age 25 he was elected to the Parkland City Commission while he was studying law at Nova Southeastern University. He also served as a state representative for District 97 — representing Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise and Plantation — from 2012-2019.