Meet the Team
Elizabeth Threatt McBride, ESQ., CCEP, CIG
DEPUTY CITY MANAGER
Bringing over 30 years of public service experience, Ms. McBride has enjoyed a diverse and extraordinary public service career in local and state government, and in public education as an attorney and/or administrator. She joins the City from the School Board of Palm Beach County where she served as Counsel to the Inspector General.
In local government, she has served in various legal roles for the Cities of West Palm Beach and Miami, and Town Attorney for the Town of Mangonia Park. In addition, she has served as legal counsel for Community Redevelopment Agencies for the Cities of Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, and Miami. Mrs. McBride has served also as the general counsel for the Palm Beach County Housing Finance Authority, a county dependent special district established to issue tax-exempt bonds for the development or acquisition and rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing complexes. She has also served as the General Counsel for Florida A& M University.
As Executive Director of the Charter Review Commission for the City of Atlanta, Ms. McBride facilitated the work of a 46-member body consisting of state legislators, city council members, school board members, members of the judiciary of the city’s court system and citizens of Atlanta. The Georgia Legislature charged the body with reviewing and recommending changes to the City Charter, special legislation governing the Atlanta Traffic Court and Atlanta Public Schools, and charter provisions governing the Atlanta Municipal Court System. In private practice, Ms. McBride was on a team of Holland & Knight lawyers charged with reviewing the District of Columbia government for an oversight committee established by the U.S. Congress.
She has served as the Assistant Secretary of Administration and Chief of Staff for the former Florida Department of Labor and Employee Security. In this position, Ms. McBride was responsible for Division of Administrative Services (Human Resources, Procurement, Workforce Statistics, and Warehousing), Office of Budget and Financial Services managing a department budget of $2 Billion, Legal Affairs, Civil Rights, Public and Legislative Affairs, Communications, Information Management Center, Workers' Compensation Oversight Board, and three independent commissions within the department. She managed one of the largest downsizing of a state agency
Deirdre M. Jacobs, MPA
ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
In 1990, Deirdre M. Jacobs received a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Florida State University and prior to then, attained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Florida A&M University in the discipline of Public Management. Since that time, she has served in several capacities among state, county and municipal governmental agencies.
More specifically, before working with the City of Riviera Beach, Ms. Jacobs provided management level services through employment opportunities with the City of Tallahassee, Palm Beach County, the State of Florida and the City of West Palm Beach. Ms. Jacobs’ public service career path extends 30+ years, and during that time, she has amassed a wealth of professional and credentialed skills in several disciplines inclusive of Financial Management and Budgeting, Planning and Zoning, Housing and Community Development, City Administration and the Mayor’s Office.
With a vision to develop a stellar team that surpasses excellence in its journey to deliver exemplary service and systems to the stakeholders of the City of Riviera Beach, currently, Ms. Jacobs leads the City’s Infrastructure Departments to include Development Services, Public Works and Utility Special District. Combined, these departments possess approximately 125 employees with budgets in excess of $36 million. Further, she is also a member of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).