Commission News

City Commission Meeting - December 6, 2022

City Employees Sworn into Service

Staff Swearing In Ceremony December 2022At last night’s City Commission meeting, employees were sworn into service.  

Congratulations to All and welcome to Team Safety Harbor!

Pictured L to R: Tisha Garver (Community Development), Kaitlyn Doukas (Fire); Evan Gilmore (Public Works); and Mayor Ayoub









Pinellas County School Intern Recognition

Pinellas County Schools 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 all, and we look forward to the amazing things each will accomplish and best wishes on a bright future!  

Pictured L to R: Matthew Walker (Engineering); Mayor Ayoub; and Kyle Lawler (Fire)










University of South Florida Intern Recognition

University of South Florida Intern RecognitionAt last night’s City Commission meeting, our City intern from University of South Florida (USF) was recognized for his contributions this past semester. This fall, City of Safety Harbor had the pleasure of sponsoring Mr. Maxx Brown who is a graduate student at USF and is finalizing his master’s degree in public administration. Mr. Brown also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.  

Thank you, Maxx for spending time with us this past semester. We look forward to seeing you accomplish great things! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors! 

Pictured L to R: Maxx Brown and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - November 21, 2022

Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter – 3rd Quarter 2022

Employee of the Quarter Presentation - Third Quarter 2022Congratulations to ALL CITY EMPLOYEES for being named the Christopher Palmieri Employee of the Quarter, 3RD Quarter 2022. All Employees were recognized at last night’s City Commission Meeting. Way to go, Team Safety Harbor!

City of Safety Harbor employees have shown and proven exemplary service to the Citizens of Safety Harbor this past quarter. Team Safety Harbor has continued to pick up trash, keep the roadways and parks clean and clear, keep the water running, issue permits, manage projects, deliver books and other reading materials to patrons, offer recreation programs and summer camps to our kids, keep the fitness room going, respond to emergencies, manage the City’s finances, and look out for the wellbeing of each other. All during staffing shortages and let’s throw in a hurricane for good measure where Staff distributed nearly 6000 sandbags in 2 days, prepped the City’s infrastructure, picked up storm debris, and returned the City to normal all in under two weeks.

Thank you, City of Safety Harbor Employees, for all you do!

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 L to R: Matt Spoor (CM), Jim Picarazzi (CD), Erik McCarthy (Community Compliance), Commissioner Steingold, Michelle Giuliani (Eng), Fire Chief Stefancic, Vice-Mayor Besore, DC Hawkins, Mayor Ayoub, Nick Tzigos (Building Maint), Liz Bandy (CD), Sue Song (Eng), Troy Wilcox (Eng), CeCe Chen (CD), DC Saavedra, Donna Mack (Rec), Maurice Washington (Building Maint), Dave Carrozza (Parks/BM), Commissioner Diaz, and Commissioner Merz

City Commission Meeting - November 7, 2022

World Kindness Week

World Kindness Proclamation PresentationAt the November 7th City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners, as part of an international celebration, recognized November 7th through the 13th as World Kindness week by proclamation. The City further dedicated this week to late Teen Leader McKenna Brown.     

This past summer, the City lost a valued member of our team - Teen Leader, McKenna Brown. McKenna’s story brings to light the continued dangers of cyberbullying and challenges our youth and teens' experience. Following is a link to McKenna’s story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7aOUgpnX3E. McKenna’s Memorial Page on Facebook can be found at - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1189024174993924

In honor of McKenna, the City will display #KindnessMatters decals on all City vehicles, add #KindnessMatters to Teen Leader shirts, and plant a tree at Folly Farm – just one of the locations McKenna frequented during her summers at Safety Harbor.  

By recognizing Kindness Matters, all members of our community will be made aware of the importance of being kind to others and by teaching our youth and teens to make a difference through kindness. World Kindness Week is intended to encourage all of us to practice kindness in our homes, schools, businesses, and communities throughout the year.  

Pictured L to R: Mr. & Mrs. Brown (McKenna’s Parents) and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - October 17, 2022

Assistant Finance Director Gary Marshall Retirement Recognition

Gary Marshall Retirement RecognitionPlease join us in congratulating Mr. Gary Marshall (Finance) on his retirement after 10 years of service to City of Safety Harbor. Gary was recognized at the October 17th City Commission meeting. Congrats to Gary, we wish him all the best!  

Pictured L to R: Gary Marshall (Asst. Finance Director) and Mayor Ayoub









Years of Service Awards

Years of Service Award Autumn ReichPlease join us in congratulating Mrs. Autumn Reich (Recreation Program Supervisor) for 20 years of service. Autumn was recognized at the October 17, 2022 City Commission meeting for completing milestone service at City of Safety Harbor!

Congrats, Autumn 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: Autumn’s husband Michael, Autumn, and Mayor Ayoub.





Henry Zussman Years of Service RecognitionPlease join us in congratulating Mr. Henry Zussman (On-Call Special Events) for 5 years of service. Mr. Zussman was recognized at the October 17, 2022 City Commission meeting for completing milestone service at City of Safety Harbor!

Congrats, Henry 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: Henry Zussman, Mayor Ayoub, and Henry’s wife Liz.







City Employees Sworn into Service

Staff Swearing In Ceremony October 2022At the October 17, 2022, City Commission meeting, employees were sworn in to service.  

Pictured L to R: Jaydon Warren (Horticulture II), Joseph Schneider (Parks Worker II), Nathen Perri (Horticulture III), Cori Perri (Tradesworker II), Manuel Cordero (Horticulture Worker II), James Picarazzi (Plans Examiner/Inspector), Janice Didario-Smith (Permit Technician), Mayor Ayoub, Heather Lashbrook (Customer Service Representative), and Danielle Dankenbring (Communications Coordinator).



Safety Harbor Recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022The City of Safety Harbor Mayor and Commission recognized October 2022 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the October 27, 2022, City Commission Meeting to help raise awareness, encourage screenings for early detection, promote breast health education, and offer support to those affected by the disease.

Pictured L to R: Laura Moser (Administrative Coordinator – City Manager and City Clerk Offices), and Mayor Ayoub

City Commission Meeting - October 3, 2022

Firefighter Gavin Latour was sworn by Mayor AyoubSafety Harbor Fire Department Swearing In Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating Safety Harbor Fire Department employee, Gavin Latour who was officially sworn in to service at last night’s City Commission Meeting.

Mayor Ayoub facilitated the Oath of Office, and Firefighter/Paramedic Latour was pinned with a Safety Harbor Fire Badge by his wife, Layne.  

Congratulations, Gavin and welcome to the Safety Harbor Family!

Pictured L to R: Fire Chief Stefancic, Daughter Mila, Wife Layne, Firefighter/Paramedic Gavin Latour, and Mayor Ayoub




Ritchie Family RecognitionRitchie Family Recognized Through Proclamation

At last night’s City Commission meeting, the City recognized the Ritchie family with a proclamation declaring October 3, 2022, as The Ritchie Family Day, recognizing their dedication to Safety Harbor and in operating the Safety Harbor Motel since 1998.

Pictured L to R: Douglas Ritchie, Wife Ann-Katrin, and 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.