Volusia County Movers & Shakers Snapshot: Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry

Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry / Heradline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo by Henry Frederick / Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry is shown here on the dais at Daytona Beach City Hall Commission Chambers after he was sworn as the face of city government after his win in the 2012 elections.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Derrick Henry, a Daytona Beach native, was sworn in as mayor of the City of Daytona Beach on Nov. 14, 2012, after garnering 55.5 percent of the vote in the general election over then-fellow City Commissioner Edith Shelley.

Midway through his first four-year terrm, Henry is the city’s 21st mayor since 1926, when the towns of Seabreeze, Daytona and Daytona Beach merged into one city. Henry is Daytona Beach’s second African-American mayor after the late Yvonne Scarlett-Golden. She was first elected as mayor in 2003 and again in 2005.

Midway through his first four-year terrm, Henry is the city’s 21st mayor since 1926, when the towns of Seabreeze, Daytona and Daytona Beach merged into one city. Henry is Daytona Beach’s second African-American mayor after the late Yvonne Scarlett-Golden. She was first elected as mayor in 2003 and again in 2005.

Henry’s campaign platform was “One City, One Vision,” and his priorities are improving the quality of life for all residents, making the city friendlier to businesses, addressing rising pension costs and upgrading the city’s aged infrastructure.

Prior to serving as the city’s top elected official, Henry was a teacher, assistant principal, high school basketball coach, youth mentor, motivational speaker, and he served as the city’s Zone 5 commissioner from 2009 to 2011.

In addition to fulfilling his duties as mayor, Henry remains a certified educator. He is the executive director for Step-by-Step Expressions, Inc., which offers exciting and innovative training sessions for teachers and students. He also serves as an administrator on assignment for Putnam County.

FAMILY:
Henry is married to Dr. Stephanie Henry, an international educational consultant and creator of educational programs. The mayor and his wife are the proud parents of toddler, Derrick, Jr., and Henry is equally proud of his grown son, Michael.
 
EDUCATION:
• Westside Elementary in Daytona Beach • Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, class president in junior and senior years. • Rollins College, graduating in 1991, with bachelor's degree with dual majors in philosophy and psychology. • Stetson University, graduating in 2004 with a master’s degree in educational leadership.

 

AWARDS:
• No. 1 in HeadlineSurfer.com 2014 roll call of 'Top 500 Volusia County Movers & Shakers.' • 1998-1999 Volusia County Social Studies “Teacher of the Year” • Awarded the opportunity for his class to participate in a web-chat with President Bill Clinton • Coached three state championship basketball teams in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
 
 

Video produced by Serafina Frederick / Derrick Henry speaks frankly on the issues in his race for mayor in Headline Surfer's online show, 'The Sunday Conversation.'
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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.