Commission News

City Commission Meeting - January 18, 2022

Safety Harbor Fire Department Employees Sworn in to Service

Fire Fighters Swearing In CeremonyPlease join us in congratulating Safety Harbor Fire Department employees who were officially sworn in to service at last night’s City Commission Meeting.

Mayor Ayoub facilitated the Oath of Office, and they were pinned with a Safety Harbor Fire Badge by family members.  

Congratulations, Gentlemen and welcome to the Safety Harbor Family!

Pictured L to R – Fire Chief Stefancic; District Chief Hawkins; Firefighter/Paramedic Nicholas Shum; Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Buell; and Mayor Ayoub. 


National Mentor Month – January 2022

Mentor Month ProclamationAt last night’s City Commission Meeting, Pinellas County School Board Staff were recognized by the Mayor and City Commissioners with a proclamation declaring January, 2022 as National Mentor Month.

January of 2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to focus attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.  

Thank you to all City of Safety Harbor Employees who participate in the mentoring initiative with Pinellas County Schools!  

Pictured L to R – Debbie Buschman (Lunch Pals Coordinator) and Mayor Ayoub.

City Commission Meeting - December 20, 2021

City Intern Recognition

City Intern RecognitionAt last night’s City Commission meeting, City interns from Pinellas County Schools were recognized for their contributions this past year. Congratulations to them both, and we look forward to the amazing things each will accomplish and best wishes on a bright future!  

Pictured L to R -  Mack Davis, City Intern – Fire Department; Madison Childers, City Intern – Human Resources Department; and Mayor Ayoub.




Ugly Sweater Night at Commission

Ugly Sweater Night at CommissionAt last night’s Commission Meeting the Mayor, Commissioners, and City Staff participated in an Ugly Sweater Contest.  

Commissioner Cliff Merz was this Year’s Ugly Sweater Contest Winner!  Congrats, Commissioner Merz!

Pictured L to R – Matt Spoor, City Manager; Rachael Telesca, Deputy City Clerk; Kim Nicholls, HR Director; Vice-Mayor Besore, Mayor Ayoub, Commissioner Merz, Commissioner Diaz, City Attorney Isabella Sobel, and Commissioner Diaz.


City Commission Meeting - December 6, 2021

Years of Service Awards

Paul Bushee receiving Years of Service Award from Mayor AyoubPaul Bushee, Community Compliance Manager – Community Development

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Paul Bushee who was recognized for completing 5 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Paul and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens!  

Pictured L to R – Paul Bushee (CD); and Mayor Ayoub





Brady Hummer receives Years of Service Award from Mayor AyoubBrady Hummer, District Chief – Fire

Please join us in congratulating District Chief Brady Hummer who was recognized for completing 15 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Brady and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens!  

Pictured L to R – Captain Szymanski; FF/PM Heitt; DC Pennino; DC Hawkins; Jenna Hummer (Brady’s wife); DC Hummer; Mayor Ayoub; FF/PM Portale; Fire Chief Stefancic and Center  - Kennedy (Brady’s daughter) and Kaden (Brady’s son).


Leeland Perry, Junior Mayor 

Junior Mayor Leeland with Mayor AyoubLeeland Perry was sworn in by Mayor Ayoub as Junior Mayor for the months of December 2021 and January 2022.

The City of Safety Harbor recognized Leeland for his volunteer efforts in cleaning up Safety Harbor and Tampa Bay water.  

Way to go, Junior Mayor Perry!






Ronnie Goudie of Briar Creek Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Ronnie Goudie Recognition for 100th Birthday with Junior Mayor and Mayor AyoubPlease join us in congratulating Ms. Ronnie Goudie of Briar Creek who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting by proclamation for celebrating her 100th Birthday!  

Ms. Goudie is a long-term resident of Safety Harbor. In fact, she was one of the first residents of Briar Creek Mobile Home Park in 1977 and still resides there today. Ms. Goudie continues to be active in the Briar Creek community and is best known for writing and personally delivering Christmas cards to each Briar Creek resident, every year.    

Happy 100th Birthday, Ronnie!

Pictures L to R – Jr. Mayor Leeland Perry ; Ms. Ronnie Goudie; and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - November 15, 2021

Alec Arroyo Named Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter – 3rd Quarter, 2021

Alec's fiance, Alec Arroyo, and Mayor AyoubCongratulations to Alec Arroyo, Administrative Coordinator (Human Resources/Fire) for being named the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter 2021. Alec was recognized at the November 15, 2021 City Commission Meeting and was nominated by his co-workers for being reliable, dedicated, and always taking the initiative to help out whenever needed. Way to go, Alec! 

The Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter Program was established in June of 2018 in memory of City Employee, District Chief Chris Palmieri. Throughout the year, we remember our friend and co-worker, and the example he set as a positive and committed employee of the City of Safety Harbor, which is the true meaning behind our Employee of the Quarter Program.

Pictured – Alec’s fiance’, Thu, Alec Arroyo (HR/FD), and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - November 1, 2021

Tom Trask with Mayor Joe Ayoub and wifeTom Trask, Code Enforcement Board Attorney Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Tom Trask, Code Enforcement Board Attorney, who was recognized at the November 1st City Commission meeting for serving the Board for the past 30 years!! 

Congrats, Tom and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, and the citizens!  

Pictures L to R – Tom Trask (Code Enforcement Board Attorney); Mayor Ayoub; Tom’s wife


Diversity Advisory Board member Vincent Smith with Mayor Joe AyoubNovember Is Native American Heritage Month

At the November 1st City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and City Commissioners recognized November as Native American Heritage Month by Proclamation to celebrate the rich tapestry of Indigenous peoples and honor their sacrifices, which we recognize as inextricably woven into the history of our Country.  The Diversity Advisory Board accepted the Proclamation.

Pictured – L to R – Vincent Smith (DAB Member) with Mayor Ayoub

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The Safety Harbor City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 PM in the Commission Chambers located at 750 Main Street.