City of Deerfield Beach Commissioner and village resident Bernie Parness has announced his intention to run for president of COOCVE in January.
Due to term limitations, Parness is unable to run for a third term on the City Commission. He has represented the Village on the City Commission for the past seven years.
Parness has been a vocal critic of current COOCVE President Carol Freedman, saying what he characterizes as her divisive, heavy-handed reign as COOCVE president has not only hurt her own organization but has also eroded the relationships between COOCVE and both CVE Master Management and CenClub.
“We need leadership at COOCVE, not dictatorial nonsense,” Parness said. “I have therefore thrown my hat in the ring and will run for COOCVE president in January.”
At a recent public meeting, Parness, referring to a letter sent last Spring to COOCVE by both CVE Master Management and CenClub expressing concerns about the organization’s leadership, said he believes COOCVE doesn’t try to get along with other organizations.
“I don’t think [COOCVE] knows what it is supposed to be doing,” said Parness. “I think we need a change at COOCVE who is willing to cooperate with Master Management and CenClub.”
The election for COOCVE president will be held in January.