Mayor Derrick Henry's bio
Derrick L. Henry, a Daytona Beach native, is serving his third term as mayor of the City of Daytona Beach, after easily winning with more than 50.1 percent of the vote in 2020's primary election against two challengers. He is the city's 21st mayor since 1926, when the towns of Seabreeze, Daytona and Daytona Beach merged into one city. Mayor Henry is our community's second African American mayor. Mayor Henry's campaign platform was "Together we can do more," and his priorities are improving the quality of life for all residents, making the city friendlier to businesses, mentoring youth and upgrading the city's aged infrastructure, addressing homeless, and created more affordable housing options.
Overall, under the direction of Mayor Henry's leadership, the city has enjoyed many positives since he first took office in 2012. The unemployment rate is down, property values have increased, many private investors have built transformative projects, minority hiring is up in City Hall and crime is down throughout the city. Furthermore the population is surging and commercial development is thriving as the city has been one of the nations leading areas for job creation.
Prior to serving as the city's top elected official, Mayor Henry was a teacher, assistant principal, high school basketball coach at Mainland High school, where he was recognized as Volusia County's Social Studies "Teacher of the Year" in 1998-1999. He also served as the city's Zone 5 commissioner from 2009 to 2011.
In addition to fulfilling his duties as mayor, he remains a certified educator. He is the executive director for Step-by-Step Expressions, Inc., which offers exciting and innovative training sessions and engaging curriculum materials for teachers and students across the nation A passionate motivational speaker he has dedicated his life to empowering others and greatly enjoys presenting on a variety of life skills topics. He serves as an assistant principal for the Volusia County school system and proclaims "working with and on behalf of children as his greatest professional joy."
He is married to Dr. Stephanie Henry, an international education consultant and creator of learning programs. Mayor Henry has two sons, Michael and Derrick Jr. and a beautiful daughter named Paisley.
- Westside Elementary in Daytona Beach
- Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, where he served as class president in his junior and senior years.
- Rollins College, graduating in 1991 with dual majors in philosophy and psychology.
- Stetson University, graduating in 2004 with a master's degree in educational leadership.
- 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
- 2012 Omicron Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Elected Official of the year
- 2013 NAACP Volusia County Daytona Beach Branch Trailblazer award
- 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, inc. Gamma Mu Omega Chapter
- 2017 Volusia League of Cities Distinguished Service Award Elected Official of the year
- 2017 Volusia Literacy Council Career Distinction Award For Community Service
- 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Laws Bethune Cookman University
- Founding member of the Minority Elected Officials of Volusia County
- Chairman First Step Shelter Board
- Board of Directors Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Fund, Inc.