City Manager's Report 17-073 | January 23, 2017
City Manager
City Manager Richard H. Sloan
On Thursday, January 19th, the City Commission appointed Richard H. Sloan permanent City Manager for the City of Haines City. Sloan's appointment ended a national search by the City Commission for a new City Manager since former City Manager Jonathan Evans' departure in August 2016. 

"It's certainly a great honor for me to be named City Manager for the City of Haines City," said Sloan. "I want to thank the City Commission as well as the citizens and staff for their vote of confidence in me to become the permanent City Manager for the City of Haines City."

City Manager Sloan possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Warner University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and is a Certified Public Manager. Sloan has worked for the following communities: City of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Haines City. During his tenure in Haines City, he has served as the Chief of Police, Interim Fire Chief and Public Safety Director. On July 7, 2016, Sloan was appointed Acting City Manager and on Thursday, January 19, 2017, he was appointed City Manager by the City Commission.

Mr. Sloan is a full member of the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA), and of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA). He is a consummate professional, with a great work ethic and a strong ethical moral compass.
Special Events
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade & Unity Day Festival
Haines City Parks and Recreation & Northeast Revitalization Group’s annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day Parade and Unity Day Festival has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM. 

The day will kick off with the parade staging on Lily Avenue. Follow the parade route to Cook Field for our Unity Day Festival, where we will have presentations, singing, dancing, kid’s games and much more!

To participate or for more information please visit or call 863-852-5160.

Ribs on the Ridge
Haines City’s 9th Annual BBQ competition sanctioned by Florida BBQ Association. Sponsored by CenterState Bank, Florida Best Farms, Graceful Gestures and Teresa Connell State Farm Insurance.

Ribs on the Ridge draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. Professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the event. Friday night’s performance by Daniel Burns with BURN and Saturday’s lineup includes Nathan Baldwin Band and Black Water.

Admission is FREE. Other events include: BBQ sauce competition, dessert competition, Kids-Q sponsored by MidFlorida Credit Union, Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Surface Prep Supply, and a Chicken Wing Challenge sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Haines City. 

For more information, please visit or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 863-421-3700.

Employment Opportunities
Human Resources Director Donna Parker 
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.

Permit Clerk - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
Building Inspector I – $17.71 to $26.57 (DOQ) 
Building Inspector II – $19.48 to $29.23 (DOQ) 
Planner – $20.13 to $30.19 (DOQ) 

FIRE - Apply Now
Firefighter/EMT – $10.00 to $14.93 (DOQ) 


Part-Time Library Assistant - $10.00 to $13.28 (DOQ)
Grounds Maintenance Worker – Parks – $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)

POLICE - Apply Now
Secretary - $12.10 to $18.15 (DOQ)
Police Officer – $15.38 to $23.07 – Trainee (DOQ) $18.61 to $27.92 – Grade 3 (DOQ) 

Operations Manager – $24.35 to $36.53 (DOQ) 

Pipeline Repair Lead – $14.64 to $21.96 (DOQ) 
WW Superintendent – $41,873.26 to $62,809.89 (DOQ)

The HR Connection is an informative monthly newsletter designed to keep employees informed on hot HR topics, follow-up items, and welcoming new employees to the City of Haines City Team. Check out the  February Newsletter!
Haines City Public Library
Parks & Recreation Diretor  Auburn Taylor
Kelly Services will be hosting a Substitute Teacher and Paraprofessional Job Fair at the Haines City Public Library on Wednesday, February 1st from 2:00 PM -5:30 PM. 

The next Friends of the Haines City Public Library lobby book sale will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Stop by and see what great deals you can find!

Family movie will be shown in the Library Community Room on Saturday, February 11th at 11:15 AM.

Pelíula en Español will be shown in the Library Community Room on Saturday, February 18th at 11:15 AM. 

The United Way of Central Florida will be doing free tax preparation every Friday beginning February 3rd – April 14th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM **Excluding March 17th**. 

The Haines City Public Library will be CLOSED for Staff Training on Monday, February 20th.

Police Department
Acting Police Chief Jay Hopwood
New Officers
The Haines City Police Department would like to welcome three new officers who were sworn in last month: Brad Webster, Katie Prue, and Corey Wemer! Good luck and welcome to the Haines City Family! 
Left to right: Acting Police Chief Jay Hopwood,
Brad Webster, Katie Prue, and Corey Wemer
Officer Estid Lima
Officer Estid Lima has returned from his tour of duty in the military and rejoined the Haines City Police Department on January 9, 2017. We welcome a hero back to work!
Fire Department
Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon
New Platform Truck
The Haines City Fire Department will be receiving their new Aerial Platform Tower 611 truck this month. Currently, it is on display at the Florida Fire Chief Association Fire Rescue East Conference in Daytona Beach, FL at the convention center. We are very excited to be receiving this truck, and to begin serving our community with it.  
Polk County Emergency Management
EOC Coordinator Billy Abernathy
Test Tornado Drill
A test tornado warning will be issued at 10:10 AM on`` Wednesday, January 25th. Florida National Weather Service Offices will not issue a live Tornado Warning but will issue a Public Information Statement (attached) and will turn on NOAA Weather Radios with the Weekly Test.  Visit learn how to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications in your community, including a reminder of the tornado drill.  

In Imperial Polk County and the State of Florida, we are on a mission to make our state the world’s top destination where families can get a job and live their dreams. As Floridians, we enjoy pleasant weather year-round, and every day more people are moving to our state to enjoy our great climate and business opportunities. In fact, Florida recently surpassed New York as the third largest state in the nation. However, we always need to remember the potential for severe weather.

I encourage you and your family to get a plan that prepares you for all types of disasters and to share your plan with your family and your friends. Making sure your family and business is prepared for severe weather is essential to being able to pull through a storm safely. Hurricanes are perhaps the most distinctive severe weather threat we face. But the size and diversity of our wonderful state mean we all must be prepared for a number of possibilities, including wildfires, rip currents, severe thunderstorms, and lightning.

Below are the weather awareness topics for each day next week. 

Executive of the Year
Mike Stripling, Utilities Director
Utilities Director Mike Stripling (left) is awarded Executive of the Year by City Manager Rick Sloan (right) at the Haines City Area Chamber's 38th Annual Banquet

Mike Stripling is a consummate professional and a dedicated member of our Executive Management Team who always goes the extra step to take care of our citizens’ needs. He has been a visionary in public/private partnerships enabling best practices to be implemented in areas of our Utilities Department.

Mike demonstrates his commitment to the City and his team on a daily basis. For instance, during his time off, he helped members of his team achieve their goals with help studying for certification tests or driver’s license tests. These examples speak directly to Mike's character and to his heart, not only for people, but for Haines City.  

Mike is an exceptional leader and it is an honor and privilege to recognize him as the 2016 Executive of the Year for the Haines City Executive Management Team.

City Manager Rick Sloan said “Mike is a consummate professional and a dedicated member of the Executive Management Team who always goes the extra step to take care of our citizen’s needs.  He has been a visionary in public/private partnerships enabling best practices to be implemented in areas of our Utilities Department.” Congratulations Mike!
Employee of the Year
Edgar Velez, Event Center Attendant
Event Center Attendant Edgar Velez (left) is awarded Employee of the Year by City Manager Rick Sloan (right) at the Haines City Area Chamber's 38th Annual Banquet

Edgar Velez has been selected as Employee of the Year for his enthusiasm, willingness to always help and his courteous and respectful demeanor as the Attendant of the Lake Eva Event Center. He is beyond polite, highly skilled, exceptionally experienced and his work ethic is exceptional.

Everyone who has contact with Edgar has nothing but wonderful things to say about him. People are so moved after having the slightest contact with him, that we have had multiple people voluntarily reach out to management simply to rave about Edgar. 

Edgar is a class act and his positive attitude is infectious. His delivery of customer service sets a high standard for all to follow. He is an exceptional employee and it is an honor and privilege to recognize him as the 2016 Employee of the Year for the City of Haines City. 

City Manager Rick Sloan said “it is apparent that Edgar absolutely loves people and this clearly shows through in every aspect of his duties at the Lake Eva Event Center.  His positive attitude is infectious and his delivery of customer service sets a high standard for all of us to follow.” Congratulations Edgar! 
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
Welcome Aboard!
Haines City Family,
Please join us in welcoming our newest team members:

Jesus Ocasio, Grounds Maintenance
Jesus Ocasio joined Haines City staff as Grounds Maintenance. Jesus previously worked for Ring Power/Caterpillar in Orlando for 1.5 years in the shipping and receiving department. He currently lives in Davenport where he has been a resident for the past 17 years. He looks forward to many more years to come with the City of Haines City.
The City of Haines City is very excited to welcome our newest team members. Please be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Team! 

The following new team members will be featured in the next issue of the City Manager's Report:

  • Erica Anderson, Deputy City Clerk
  • Clarence Daniels, Building Maintenance Worker
  • Dustin Parsons, Building Maintenance Worker
  • Travis Snethen, Firefighter/EMT
  • Wrenita Brundidge, Part-time Recreation Center Attendant
  • Javier Anderson, Wastewater Operations Trainee
City Commission  
Mayor Horace West
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. 

Please use this link to access City Commission Agendas and Meeting Minutes, or to listen LIVE during a City Commission Meeting:  
For questions or more information, please call the City Clerk at (863) 421-9921.
Next City Commission Meeting: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7 PM.
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