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City Commission Meeting - July 21, 2021

Employee Years of Service Awards

At the Commission on Monday, July 21, 2021, City employees were recognized for their years of service. Librarian II Mallory Cyr has been with the Safety Harbor Public Library for 10 years, and Streets/Stormwater III Dave Volante has been in Public Works 5 years.

The City appreciates their years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City of Safety Harbor.


Ten Years of Service Award Mallory Cyr
Five Years of Service Award Dave Volante

Mallory Cyr (Librarian II) with Mayor Ayoub

Dave Volante (Public Works) with Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - June 21, 2021

Jeff Bronson, retired Personnel Review Board member, receiving Key to the City from Mayor AyoubMr. Jeff Bronson Receives Key to City of Safety Harbor

Mr. Jeff Bronson retired from the City’s Personnel Review Board this month after serving since August 23, 1994 (that’s 27 years), the longest serving Personnel Review Board Member.  Mr. Bronson has been a resident of Safety Harbor for 39+ years, along with his wife Barbara, who is a lifelong resident.  Mr. Bronson is also a retired Sergeant from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office where he served for 31 years.  

In recognition of Mr. Bronson’s dedication to Pinellas County, specifically his volunteer work in Safety Harbor, he was presented with a key to the City of Safety Harbor at last night’s City Commission meeting.  

Thank you, Mr. Bronson for your commitment and support to the Staff and Citizens of Safety Harbor!

Pictured L to R – Alexandra (daughter-in-law); Ryan (son); Barbara (wife); Mr. Jeff Bronson; Jeff II (son); Rosali (granddaughter); and Mayor Ayoub.


Jensen Perry with Mayor Ayoub receiving Years of Service AwardJensen Perry Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Jensen Perry who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for completing 10 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Jensen 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 – Jensen Perry (Administrative Coordinator - Finance); Mayor Ayoub





Renee Cooper with Public Works Staff and  Mayor Ayoub receiving Years of Service AwardRenee Cooper Receives Years of Service Award

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Renee Cooper who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for completing 5 years of service at City of Safety Harbor! 

Congrats, Renee and thank you for your years of dedication, devotion, and service to the City, to your co-workers, and the citizens! Renee’s management team attended the meeting to show their support.  

Pictured L to R – Pasquale Carelli (Water/Wastewater Foreman); James Ryan (Streets/Stormwater Supervisor); Brad Collins (Water/Wastewater Supervisor); Renee Cooper (Public Works Director); Mayor Ayoub; Sherri Kennedy (Sanitation Supervisor); Sasha Binzel (Administrative Services Manager); and Kevin Magamoll (Fleet Supervisor). 


Park and Recreations Month Proclamation PresentationNational Park & Recreation Month Proclamation

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members Michelle Brennan, Kristen Turzak, and James Poulter accepted the National Park and Recreation Month Proclamation at the June, 21, 2021 City Commission meeting. Each year the National Recreation and Parks Association celebrates July as Park and Recreation Month recognizing the many values and benefits of parks and recreation.

Pictured L to R - Michelle Brennan, Kristen Turzak, Mayor Joe Ayoub, and James Poulter


City Commission Meeting - June 7, 2021

Junior Mayor Brody B. with Mayor Joe AyoubJunior Mayor Brody Barnhisel

At last night’s City Commission meeting, Brody, Barnhisel was sworn in by Mayor Ayoub as Junior Mayor for the months of June and July, 2021.

The City of Safety Harbor recognized Brody for his contributions to “Play on the Bay – Every Kid Plays” Toy Box installation at Waterfront Park to benefit children who come to play in the City.

Way to go, Junior Mayor Barnhisel!






City Interns and Intern Program Coordinator with Mayor Joe AyoubCity Intern Recognition

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

Pictured – L to R -  Dr. Mary Black (Program Coordinator – Executive Internship Program at Pinellas County Schools); Kaitlyn Doukas (City Intern); Sophia Orbesen (City Intern); Mayor Ayoub; Max Kobs (City Intern).


Safety Harbor Diversity Advisory Board accepts Pride Month ProclamationJune 2021 - Pride Month (LGBTQ+) Proclamation

At last night’s City Commission meeting, members from the City’s Diversity Advisory Board accepted a proclamation from City Commission recognizing the month of June, 2021 as Pride Month (LGBTQ+) to acknowledge the history of prejudice and discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary individuals, and as an opportunity to celebrate the advancements of the human rights and LGBTQ+ rights movements.  

Pictured – L to R – Sandra Mejicano (DAB Vice Chair); Kayla Witeck (DAB Board Member); Lewis Ponds, Jr. (DAB Chair); and Mayor Ayoub


City Manager Spoor with Mayor and Commission Accepting AwardsCity Manager Spoor Award Presentation

City Manager Spoor was presented with the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) 2021 Professional Management Matters Award for fostering representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.  

City Manager Spoor also received the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero Award for his advocacy for municipal home rule leading up to and during the 2021 legislative session.  

Congratulations, City Manager Spoor!

Pictured – L to R – Commissioner Steingold; Vice-Mayor Besore; City Manager Spoor; Mayor Ayoub; Commissioner Diaz, and Commissioner Merz

City Commission Meeting - May 17, 2021

VFW Deputy and Firefighter of the Year RecognitionVFW Names Deputy & Firefighter of the Year – 2021

Congratulations to Deputy Anthony Alimenti and Firefighter/Paramedic Austin Weiler for being named Deputy and Firefighter of the Year 2021 by the VFW Post 10093. Commander John Osarczuk presented Deputy Alimenti and FF/PM Weiler with a plaque at the May 17, 2021 City Commission Meeting. Nice job, Gentlemen!

Pictured Left to Right: Deputy Alimenti, Commander Osarczuk, and FF/PM Weiler



Mayor Ayoub presents the Key to the City to Commander AsarczukCommander Osarczuk receives Key to the City

Commander Osarczuk’s lifelong dedication to our country, local communities, and continued support of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Safety Harbor Fire Department was recognized at the May 17, 2021 Commission Meeting as he was presented with a key to City of Safety Harbor by Mayor Ayoub – also pictured. Thank you, Commander for your dedication, devotion, and support to the City and Safety Harbor’s VFW Post.




Mayor Ayoub presenting Years of Service Awards to Valerie Hartog and Diane SirotzkeCity Employees Receive Years of Service Recognition

Please join us in congratulating the following City of Safety Harbor employees who were recognized at Monday night’s City Commission meeting for years of service (YOS):

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

Pictured Left to Right: Valerie Hartog, Staff Assistant (Leisure Services Department) – 5 YOS; Mayor Ayoub; Diane Sirotzke, Administrative Assistant (Leisure Services Department) – 5 YOS


Diane Sirotzke recognized as Chris Palmieri Employee of the Quarter by Mayor AyoubChristopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter - First Quarter 2021

Congratulations to Diane Sirotzke, Leisure Services Administrative Assistant for being named the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter, 1st Quarter 2021. Diane was nominated by her co-workers for being reliable, dedicated, and extremely detail-oriented. One co-worker wrote, “if only the world had a few more Diane Sirotzkes!”

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 – Husband Gary, Diane Sirotzke, and Mayor Ayoub


NationalPublic Works staff receive Public Works Week Proclamation 2021 from Mayor Joe Ayoub Public Works Week Proclamation

At the May 17, 2021 City Commission meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners proclaimed the WEEK OF May 16 through 22, 2021 as National Public Works Week in the City of Safety Harbor. The American Public Works Association recognizes the contributions that public works personnel make to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life each and every day. Public Works professionals work daily to provide a quality of life for their community with sustainable practices and procedures to ensure future generations of a livable community.


In accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Works personnel are first responders. Public Works personnel respond during the early stages of an incident to protect and preserve life, property, evidence, and the environment. PUBLIC WORKS – “FIRST TO RESPOND, LAST TO LEAVE”

Thank you Safety Harbor Public Works Department for all you do for the City and its citizens.

Pictured (l to r) accepting the proclamation – Renee Cooper (PW Director); Mayor Ayoub; Jamie Ahrens (Asst. PW Director); and James Ryan (Streets & Stormwater Supervisor).

City Commission Meeting - May 3, 2021

Members of Diversity Advisory Board accepting the Asian Pacific Island American Month ProclamationAsian Pacific American Heritage Month – May 2021

At the May 3, 2021 City Commission meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners proclaimed the month of May, 2021 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the City of Safety Harbor in conjunction with the celebration of National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  The City of Safety Harbor recognizes the many contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent which represents a diversity of cultures and heritage.  

Pictured (l to r) accepting the proclamation was the Diversity Advisory Board - Sandra Mejicano (Vice-Chair); Mayor Ayoub; and Lewis Ponds, Jr. (Chair).


Jerry Wooten with Mayor Ayoub being recognized for his retirement Congrats to City Employee, Jerry Wooten from Community Development Department on His Retirement

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Jerry Wooten, Building Plans Examiner/Inspector, on his retirement after 18 years of service to City of Safety Harbor.  Jerry was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting.  Congrats to Jerry and his family, we wish him all the best!   

Pictured – Nancy Wooten (Jerry’s wife); Jerry Wooten; and Mayor Ayoub.



Years of Service Awards May 3, 2021City Employee Receives Years of Service Recognition

Please join us in congratulating Rebekah Mason, Communications Manager (Leisure Services Department) who was recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for 10 years of service with the City of Safety Harbor.  

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


City Commission Meeting - April 19, 2021

City of Safety Harbor Employees recognized at Commission meeting for years of serviceCity Employees Receive Years of Service Recognition

Please join us in congratulating the following City of Safety Harbor employees who were recognized at last night’s City Commission meeting for years of service (YOS) – 

Pictured (l to r) – Brian Dennington, Civil Designer II (Engineering Department) – 5 YOS; Charles Russell, III, Firefighter/Paramedic (Fire) – 15 YOS; Mayor Ayoub; Josh Pennino, District Chief (Fire) – 15 YOS; and Gabe Bauer, Recreation Leader I (Leisure Services) – 5 YOS.

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


Mayor Joe Ayoub swears in new City of Safety Harbor EmployeesCongratulations to City Employees Sworn In To Service

At the April 19, 2021 City Commission meeting, employees were sworn in to service.  Pictures are:  l to r – Alec Arroyo (HR/Fire); Peggy Van Kleek (Finance); Mayor Ayoub; and Robert Moser (Leisure Services).

Congratulations to All and welcome to Team Safety Harbor!




Sworn In City of Safety Harbor Employees pose for picture with Mayor Joe 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.