In her first move as incoming chairwoman of the Miami-Dade commission, Rebeca Sosa expanded the number of board committees and named commissioners to head them.
In a memo issued Wednesday, Sosa set eight committees, up from six, to handle the business of the county's 25 departments, including Miami International Airport and PortMiami. Sosa has said more committees will result in shorter meetings. Some critics have suggested that number will be unwieldy and lead to longer commission meetings, because, with fewer commissioners in each committee, they will be less informed on matters before the full board.
Sosa rewarded the six commissioners who backed her bid for chairwoman -- Lynda Bell, Esteban "Steve" Bovo, Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Sally Heyman, Javier Souto and Juan C. Zapata -- with committee chairmanships of their own. The two other chairmanships went to Audrey Edmonson and Dennis Moss, who had not backed Sosa.
The remaining commissioners -- Bruno Barreiro, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime and Xavier Suarez -- will serve as committee vice-chairs.
Sosa also wrote that committees should begin their meetings half an hour earlier.
Read the committee assignments after the jump.
Economic Development and PortMiami Committee: Lynda Bell, chairwoman, Javier Souto, vice-chairman
Finance Committee: Esteban "Steve" Bovo, chairman; Juan C. Zapata, vice-chairman
Health and Social Services Committee: Audrey Edmonson, chairwoman; Jean Monestime, vice-chairman
Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Committee: Juan C. Zapata, chairman; Sally Heyman, vice-chairwoman
Land Use and Development Committee: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, chairman; Xavier Suarez, vice-chairman
Public Safety and Animal Services Committee: Sally Heyman, chairwoman; Esteban "Steve" Bovo, vice-chairman
Transportation and Aviation Committee: Dennis Moss, chairman; Bruno Barreiro, vice-chairman