Hatian-American Frantz Pierre, a former North Miami Seashore metropolis commissioner, died final week after struggling a cardiac occasion, his spouse of 35 years, Marie, confirmed Friday to the Miami Herald. He was 58.
The oldest of 9 kids, Pierre was born and raised in Arcahaie, Haiti, the place accomplished his elementary and secondary training earlier than immigrating to the US in 1995.
Like most younger immigrants, he labored a number of odd jobs whereas attending school. He earned two affiliate of arts levels and a bachelor’s diploma in arithmetic training from Miami Dade Faculty. He additionally earned a grasp’s diploma in arithmetic training from NOVA Southeastern College Fisher College of Schooling.
For over a decade, Pierre was a arithmetic trainer at Miami-Dade County Public Faculties (MDCPS), the fourth-largest college system within the nation. He additionally labored as an adjunct professor of arithmetic at Miami Dade Faculty.
Pierre’s father Jacques-Joseph Pierre was a choose in Haiti, which impressed his curiosity in politics, household mentioned. Pierre was elected to the North Miami Seashore Fee, then often called a council, in 2007. Previous to that, he served on the North Miami Seashore Civil Service board.
Pierre participated in a number of social endeavors and political campaigns, particularly in North Miami, Florida in addition to volunteered and contributed to different charitable causes in different components of the US and in Haiti.
He was appointed by the North Miami Metropolis Council in January of this 12 months to function the Councilman of District 4.
Pierre leaves behind his spouse and their six kids, Karry Joseph Pierre, 38; Keren Pierre, 26; Lynn-Iris Pierre, 25; Gregory Pierre, 23; Patricia Pierre, 22; and Jayden Pierre, 16.
Pierre was suspended from the North Miami Seashore Metropolis Fee in July 2018 after being arrested in a scheme involving taxpayer cash, a charity, and a strip membership.
It was alleged that Pierre had been accepting bribes from strip membership proprietor Dean Tyler of Dean’s Gold in return for voting in favor of giving the membership an prolonged liquor license.
Pierre pleaded responsible to seven felony counts of cash laundering, one rely of bribery, one rely of illegal compensation for official conduct, one rely of organized scheme to defraud, and one rely of grand theft. He was ordered to serve two years of home arrest adopted by 4 years of probation, in keeping with a plea settlement.