Florida City Government Week

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The City celebrated Florida Government Week, October 23rd - 29th, by launching a three-part program, in partnership with Florida College. This program is designed to connect local college students to key roles in city government.  

The first part of the program, starting 10/23 and continuing for five days, utilized social media and the City's web page to introduce City departments, department directors, city leaders and the services they each provide. These online introductions, as well as their own personal interests, guided each student toward a department or position that interest them most.

During the second part of the program, City staff met meet with students at Florida College on 11/2 and presented more information about how our municipal government works and also presented actual concerns and challenges for the students to address.

During the third part of the program, a select group of students traveled to City Hall on 11/16. Each student shadowed a department director or city leader and experienced first-hand the work required to run our city. Afterwards, the students assumed the roles of elected officials and various city staff members to resolve concerns and challenges during a simulated City Council meeting.

This event was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated. Please be sure to check out the photo gallery.

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Government Week Community Development

THE Community Development DEPARTMENT

The Community Development Department, led by Director Amir Anisi (photo right), takes care of community services; including building, permitting, inspections, and community planning. 

Questions for the Director -  See Amir Anisi's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"Finding qualified candidates to fill open position and maintaining experience employees."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"Investment in education and training in the construction industry."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“Graduating from a college of Engineering and gaining work experience in construction field over last 20 years.”

For more information, please feel free to call Amir Anisis at: 813.506.6460.  Visit the Department's web page here

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THE City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk's Office, led by City Clerk Cheryl Mooney (photo right), is responsible for maintaining all official records produced by the City and ensuring that all official public meetings memorialized by recording the minutes of the various meetings.

Questions for the Director -  See Cheryl Mooney's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"Records management – handling the large scale of records our office manages."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"Helping residents. We like when customers are happy with our help. Our office provides an officiant for weddings, notary services, public records (minutes, agendas, etc.) and general City information."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“I am the Central West District Director for the Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC). The FACC provides me with the latest information on State Law changes and provides me with a network of information from other Clerks.”

For more information, please feel free to call Cheryl Mooney at: 813.506.6440.  Visit the Department's web page here

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Government Week Fire Department

THE Fire DEPARTMENT

The Fire Department, led by Chief Ian Kemp (photo front-center), is a full service fire department providing fire fighting and prevention services, emergency medical service, risk reduction and housing compliance services.

Questions for the Director -  See Chief Kemp's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"One of the biggest challenges for the Fire Chief of a smaller department is balancing many responsibilities. Not only am I responsible for the duties associated with being the Fire Chief, I am also the City’s Emergency Manager and the Fire Marshal. In larger departments you are able to delegate many of these important job functions; not so in Temple Terrace."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"My greatest reward as the Fire Chief is working with many talented and professional men and women. Those with whom I work and supervise help many people in need on a daily basis. We are truly making a difference in our community."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“I would have to say there are 3 main experiences that continue to assist me in my duties as Fire Chief: first is my past and continuing education; second would be my 25 years in the fire service, as well as my life experiences in general, and third would be networking with peers and colleagues, which assists me with making better decisions, and provides valuable direction and advice.”

For more information, please feel free to call Chief Kemp at: 813.506.6700.  Visit the Department's web page here

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THE Code Compliance DEPARTMENT

The Code Compliance Department, led by Director Tom Borroni, is responsible for the enforcement of non-criminal ordinances, City codes and regulations.  Code compliance is key in the City's effort to provide a safe and appealing community for everyone to enjoy. 

Questions for the Director -  See Tom Borroni's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"My greatest challenge has been when I was promoted to interim director back in August of this year, bringing the Code Compliance Department up to a full staff which includes three inspectors and one administrative assistant and training them."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"My greatest reward was one day on routine patrol I discovered a woman lying in her driveway unconscious. I was able to render first aid and call for assistance - and she was okay. Later that month I was awarded Employee of the Month."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“The training and knowledge that was shared by my first immediate supervisor.”

For more information, please feel free to call Tom Borroni at: 813.506.6680.  Visit the Code Compliance Department web page here

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Government Week Police

THE Police DEPARTMENT

The Police Department, led by Chief Ken Albano (photo front center), is a full service law enforcement agency whose members serve and protect the community in accordance with the department's core values of Courage, Honor and Commitment.

Questions for the Director -  See Chief Ken Albano's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"Recruitment and retention of men and women of integrity who possess the personality, patience and skills needed to have a successful career as a public servant."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"Having a hand in the development of a well-respected and professional law enforcement agency while at the same time guiding the maturation process of a dedicated group of young law enforcement professionals."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“As is the case in most professions, it is not a single class or degree that has had the greatest impact on my career but rather the maturity, compassion and understanding that has come over the course of my life. It is these experiences… and how we react and respond to them that guides and shapes our ability to achieve success in our personal and professional lives.”

For more information, please feel free to call Chief Ken Albano at: 813.506.6500.  Visit the Police Department web page here

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rlTHE Leisure Services DEPARTMENT

The Leisure Services Department, led by Director Karl Langefeld (photo right), maintains the Family Recreation Complex, the Omar K. Lightfoot Center and the Whiteway tennis courts. The department also takes care of all city parks and offers countless community services and programs through the Temple Terrace Public Library. If its fun, entertaining or has anything to do with leisure and recreation, this department makes it all happen.

Questions for the Director -  See Karl Langefeld's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"The greatest challenge has always been finding the right people to staff my areas of responsibility. I have been lucky with the staff that I have hired through the years, many of whom were young people I knew from their years coming to Parks and Recreation activities as children, or through interaction with other members of their families."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"I have developed many friendships and relationships with members of this community that will last a lifetime both professionally and personally."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
"Without a doubt, the most valuable experience that I have had in my career has been working under excellent directors who took the time to not only be my boss, but also to be a mentor and guide me in the direction I needed to go to achieve my career goals."

For more information, please feel free to call Karl Langefeld at: 813.506.6612.  Visit the Parks and Recreation web page here. Visit the Library web page here.

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Government Week Human Resources

THE Human Resources DEPARTMENT

The Human Resources Department, led by Director Janet Bledsoe (photo center), oversees the recruiting, screening, and hiring of employees for all departments in the City.  Additionally,  Human Resources manages employee benefits and risk management for the City. The department's motto - "serving those who serve our community."

Questions for the Director -  See Janet Bledsoe's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"Providing outstanding benefits to employees at a cost affordable to the City and the employees."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"Throughout my career, I have been involved in recruiting and the selection of employees. It is a great joy to select someone you believe is perfect for a position, then help them succeed."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
"I learned that Human Resources/Risk Management is the name of the department; however, our responsibilities and functions are “Customer Service.” We are here to assist the City’s employees."

For more information, please feel free to call Janet Bledsoe at: 813.506.6430.  Visit the Human Resources web page here.

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THE Information Technology DEPARTMENT

The Information Technology Department, led by Director Bob Keel, manages all aspects of information technology,  network security, telephone communication systems.  Additionally, this department oversees the purchase of computers and computer peripheral equipment for all departments in the City.

Questions for the Director -  See Bob Keel's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
"Educating staff on the importance of I.T. in the organization for automation, data security and communication."
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
"Witnessing technology that I’ve implemented make City staff’s jobs more efficient, automated or reliable."
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
"There is not one particular experience, but regular exposure to 'expect the unexpected' situations (or the constant change that occurs in I.T.) has helped me in prioritizing duties and managing our limited time better."

For more information, please feel free to call Bob Keel at: 813.506.6552.  Visit the Information Technology web page here.

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Government Week Public Works

The Public Works Department

The Public Works Department, led by Director Ray LeBlanc (photo right), takes care of of wide variety of services for Temple Terrace residents and businesses; to include, all matters related to sanitation, recycling, solid waste collection, and roadway and right-of-way maintenance. Most recently, the Public Works sanitation crews have been working extra hard in cleaning up yard waste and tree debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Questions for the Director -  See Ray LeBlanc's answers below.

Question: What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:"Making the transition from the private sector to government sector workforce."
Question:What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:"Being able to create and maintain successful public services in the department and in the workforce."
Question:What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:"Working during the four back-to-back hurricanes of 2004. Learning what was needed to accomplish the enormous cleanup while working with multiple types of people and companies was a very beneficial and long-lasting education."

For more information, please feel free to call Ray LeBlanc at: 813.506.6560.  Visit the Public Works web page here.

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THE Finance DEPARTMENT

The Finance Department, led by Director Lyn Boswell (photo center), manages all revenues and expenses for the City. Additionally, the Finance Department creates the City's Annual Budget document, the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report, and takes care of all state and federal financial reporting requirements.

Questions for the Director -  See Lyn Boswell's answers below.

Question:
What has been your greatest challenge?
Answer:
“Getting to know the people we work with is always a challenge in terms of how best to interact with them, the medium of communication they prefer and ways to keep the lines of communication open.”
Question:
What has been your greatest reward?
Answer:
“Creating kindness, knowledge sharing, exchanging funny anecdotes and providing much more customer (vendors and city staff) support has been very rewarding. We all pitch in and help each other out.”
Question:
What work experience has been most valuable?
Answer:
“The recognition that drive, motivation, willingness to learn new things, change, and critical thinking are more valuable than knowing HOW to do the job, has been instrumental in carrying out my duties as the director.“

For more information, please feel free to call Lyn Boswell at: 813.506.6420.  Visit the Fiance Department web page here.

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