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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 

 

 

Deidre Jacobs, MPA

ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

In 1990, Deirdre 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).        

 

 

 

Marsha Noel, MPA

ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER

Marsha Noel currently serves as the Assistant to the City Manager. She manages special projects and initiatives, working interdepartmentally and collaboratively to accomplish City goals and objectives as directed by the City Manager. Previously she served as a Senior Management Fellow with the City of Fort Lauderdale through the highly competitive International City/County Management Association (ICMA)  Local Government Management Fellowship Program.

 

During her time with the City of Fort Lauderdale, she worked on various projects across departments to include the police department, information technology, human resources, finance, the City Manager’s Office and more. She mostly enjoyed developing and implementing community programs that serve over 180,000 residents. Most notably, she managed the city’s first community court program serving over 100 low-level offenders experiencing homelessness.

 

Some of her most recent work with the City of Riviera Beach consists of her successful implementation of the 'first" city-wide Community Values Survey, her service as public information officer for the City's Emergency Operations Center during COVID-19, leading the cities 2020 Census efforts of which approximately 15 activities were implemented, and providing program and policy recommendations. 

 

She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Florida and her Master degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. In 2019, she was recognized as a graduate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Mentor Program and recently completed the 2020 ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program.