Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass is a lifelong resident of Fort Myers. He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for 26 years and are happily raising their children, Brandan and Andrea, in Lee County.
Cecil has been an advocate for our community throughout his career in public service. He is a dedicated public servant who utilizes a common sense approach to decision-making. He believes that core services and conservative spending must be considered a priority. Experience, leadership abilities, commitment and integrity provide him with the strength to be an effective community leader.
Cecil has proudly devoted his life to public service. He was elected to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners’ District 2 seat in November 2012. In a vote of confidence from his colleagues, he was unanimously sworn in as chairman of the Board at his first meeting. He also served as chair of the Board of Port Commissioners during his first year on the Commission. In his capacity as Lee County commissioner, Cecil serves as liaison to the Horizon Council, Public Safety Coordinating Council, Black Affairs Advisory Council, Hispanic Affairs Advisory Council, Value Adjustment Board, and Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged. In addition, he serves as director on the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida Board, and he is a member of the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Advisory Committee.
Cecil’s career serving our community began when he was sworn in as a City of Fort Myers police officer in 1984, where he faithfully served for 25 years. He retired from the Fort Myers Police Department on Dec. 31, 2008 and subsequently became vice president for Private Asset Management Group, LLC, an independent financial asset firm that helps clients establish, pursue and maintain their short- and long-term financial objectives.
Cecil has been recognized for his unique abilities by state and local officials as well as numerous community groups. Some of the honors include: Senator Burt Saunders Award, Mayors Gold Key Award, Employee of the Year, Employee of the Month, Courtesy Officer of the Month, City of Fort Myers Proclamation, East Fort Myers Rotary Officer of the Month, and Life Saving Award. He was highly decorated upon retiring from the Fort Myers Police Department with the following Medals of Honor: Croix De Negotiator Laurel, Distinguished Volunteer Service Cross, Exceptional Service (2), Good Conduct, Honorable Service (2), Officials Medal, The Triumphant and Unit Citation.
Cecil appreciates the importance of preserving and protecting the Florida ecosystem while promoting growth to stimulate the local economy. He is committed to protecting our community by:
• Controlling spending
• Creating a business-friendly environment to stimulate job growth
• Developing a long-term tourism plan that will promote local/global tourism
• Maintaining a safe/secure public safety program
• Safeguarding our area’s natural resources
Cecil Pendergrass is an experienced leader who offers a new perspective to the County Commission and provides dedicated leadership for Lee County residents.