September 16, 2016
In This Issue
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor


Haines City Parks & Recreation and Miracle Toyota are partnering for the ultimate vehicle extravaganza on Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Explore all types of vehicles including police cars, emergency vehicles, semi-trucks, race cars, farm equipment and much more! Free admission, food, bounce house and train rides! This event will be held at Miracle Toyota located at 37048 Hwy 27, Haines City 33844. For more information, please contact Haines City Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700.

Latino Fest is back! Hosted by Haines City Public Library, Latino Fest will have music, food, vendors, live entertainment, etc. You won't want to miss! It will be held in Downtown Haines City on Sunday, September 18th from 2 PM to 7 PM.

2016 National Night Out

The Haines City Police Department and Northeast Revitalization Group are hosting National Night Out  Saturday, October 8th. This will be an excellent opportunity to show unity in our community and bring neighborhoods together with the men and women who protect them.

For more information, please contact Keva Harris at (863) 421-3636 ext 2226 or via email at

Human Resources Director Kandace Tappen

Below is a listing of positions open to receive applications. All interested applicants are required to submit an employment application, unless otherwise instructed on the City's website position announcement, along with any appropriate documentation deemed necessary to show interest in and qualifications for the position to which they are applying. Employment Applications and copies of complete position announcements are located on the City of Haines City's website at (When completing the on-line application please save it to your computer and attach it via an e-mail to
The list below does not contain complete position announcements, and may have one or more vacancy available. To see the entire position announcements, please visit  employment opportunities and click on the position title. Positions are considered "Open Until Filled," unless otherwise denoted. Corresponding pay grade ranges are included to represent earning potential and shall not be an assumption of potential starting wage, which will most likely be at the minimum rate of pay. If a conditional offer of employment is made, please note that everything included during the application process will be verified.

  1. City Manager - Negotiable (DOQ)
  1. Building Inspector I - $17.71 to $26.57 (DOQ)
  2. Sr. Planner - $50,666.64 to $75,999.97 (DOQ)
  1. Assistant Finance Director - $61,306.64 to $91,959.96 (DOQ)
  2. Utility Billing Clerk I - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Human Resources Specialist - $14.64 to $21.96 (DOQ)
  2. Part-Time Human Resources Specialist - TO BE ANNOUNCED
  1. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director - $61,306.64 to $91,959.96 (DOQ)
  2. Executive Assistant - $16.01 to $24.15 (DOQ)
  3. Grounds Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  4. Lifeguard - Seasonal - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  5. Part-Time Event Center Attendant - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  6. Part-Time Grounds Maintenance Worker - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  7. Seasonal Recreation Attendant - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  8. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ)
  1. Police Officer - $15.38 to $23.07 - Trainee (DOQ)
  2. Police Officer - $18.61 to $27.92 - Grade 3 (DOQ)
  1. Building Maintenance Lead - $16.10 to $24.15 (DOQ)
  2. Building Maintenance Worker - $10.00 to $15.00
  3. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ)
  4. Stormwater Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  5. Transportation Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Lead Wastewater Operator - $19.48 to $29.23 (DOQ)
  2. Wastewater Operator B - $16.10 to $24.15 Class B (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  3. Wastewater Operator C - $14.64 to $24.96 Class C (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  4. Wastewater Operator Trainee - $11.00 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  5. Wastewater Superintendent - $41,873.26 to $62,809.89 (DOQ)

Left to right: Vice-Mayor Don Mason, Commissioner H.L. Roy Tyler, 
Commissioner Kenneth Kipp, Commissioner Morris L. West, Mayor Horace West

The City of Haines City is a home rule municipality and operates under the commission-manager form of government. The City Commission of Haines City is the elected legislative and governing body of the City. It consists of five (5) City Commissioners elected to serve four (4) year terms. The Commission selects a Mayor and Vice-Mayor through a majority vote of the Commission each year.

City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7 PM, and are held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 620 E. Main Street. Link to Agendas, Minutes and LIVE Streaming: 

Next City Commission Meeting: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 PM.

Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon

Local Fire Captain First in Polk County to Receive National Designation
Haines City Fire Captain, Codi Donahoe, received confirmation of his designation as "Fire Officer" (FO) from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), after completing an International Professional Designation Process. In January of this year, Donahoe was also accepted into the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

"Captain Donahoe's achievements and effort are exemplary," said Acting City Manager Richard Sloan. "His dedication to his job, continuing education and the citizens of Haines City speak for themselves."

Donahoe, a 10-year veteran of the Haines City Fire Department (HCFD), successfully completed the process that awards the professional FO designation. The CPC, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), will meet on October 4, 2016 to officially confer the designation.

"The Fire Officer designation is a big accomplishment for firefighters," said Haines City's Acting Fire Chief, Stuart McCutcheon. "Captain Donahoe is the first and only Fire Officer in Polk County to receive the designation and is one of only around 350 worldwide."

The FO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The CPC awards the FO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

"Representing the Haines City Fire Department on a national level is a great honor," said Donahoe. This opportunity will allow me to challenge myself and work alongside some of the best Fire Officers in the nation."

In addition to successfully achieving the FO designation, Donahoe was accepted into the elite Managing Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Donahoe is part of the first cadre accepted into this new program, which begins January 2017.

"Attending the National Fire Academy in Maryland means pushing myself harder than I ever have before, but in the end it will allow me to better serve the citizens of Haines City," said Donahoe. "My belief is that a Fire Officer should lead from the front and must work harder than anyone-leadership is about serving others."

The Managing Officer program is a nationally funded program through the US Fire Administration and offered at the National Fire Academy. The intensive Managing Fire Officers Program is designed to provide mid-level fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration. The Program consist of four courses spread over a 2 year period, that require a capstone project to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts and real life situations within the students organization.

"We are very proud of Captain Donahoe," said McCutcheon. The growth and progress I have seen in him over the last year is tremendous and he is well deserving of the Fire Officer designation and acceptance into the Managing Fire Officers Program."

Development Services Director Richard Greenwood

Heart of Florida Re-branding
The Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center has approached the City for a proposal to re-brand the hospital's and MedEplex signage. They are seeking to upgrade all of the signage which will aid in way-finding for both the public and emergency responders, as well as for the betterment of the look and attraction of the hospital. Here are a few rendering of what you will see coming down the pipeline in the upcoming days.

WOW (Watched Outstanding Work!)

The City of Haines City would like to thank all of our excellent, dedicated employees and volunteers who help make the City a great place to work, live and play. Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at