Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Seminole fills City Council seat left vacant by promotion

SEMINOLE — A Largo police sergeant is slated to become the newest member of this city's council.

Council members agreed during a Thursday workshop to appoint Christopher Burke to the group's open seat. Burke has said he will accept the appointment, which the council is scheduled to make official during Tuesday's meeting. Burke would be sworn in Nov. 27.

Burke would fill the vacancy left by Leslie Waters when she moved up to become interim mayor after Jimmy Johnson resigned this month. Johnson cited ill health for his resignation. Burke would serve the remainder of Waters' term, which ends in November 2015.

Seminole council members chose Burke because he was the third highest vote-getter in the March election. Burke trailed Waters and Patricia Plantamura, who were both re-elected.

Burke, 48, moved to Seminole in 1979. He graduated from Seminole High School and graduated summa cum laude from St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College) with a liberal arts degree and magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in history.

He served 12 years in the Army and Army Reserve. He was nominated for the Bronze Star during the Persian Gulf War.

He joined the Largo Police Department in 1989 and is past president of both the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association and the Blessed Sacrament School Advisory Commission.

Waters has said she intends to run for mayor in the upcoming March election. Also up for grabs will be the two council seats currently held by Thom Barnhorn and James Quinn. The election, scheduled for the 12th, will be the last Seminole city election held in March. Future city elections will be held in November.

Winners of the upcoming races will serve until November 2016.

Qualifying for the election opens at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 and closes at 4 p.m. Dec. 17. For information, call Rose Benoit, Seminole city clerk, at (727) 391-0204.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at or (727) 893-8450.

Seminole fills City Council seat left vacant by promotion 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump sprinkles political attacks into Scout Jamboree speech

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Ahead of President Donald Trump's appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering's official blog: Fully hydrate. Be "courteous" and "kind." And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as "build …

    President Donald Trump addresses the Boy Scouts of America's 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24, 2017. [New York Times]
  2. Trump, seething about attorney general, speculates about firing Sessions, sources say

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  3. John McCain to return to Senate for health care vote

    WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote Tuesday to try to advance a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws with the last-minute arrival of Sen. John McCain — but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but …

  4. Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies


    ORLANDO — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park, SeaWorld said.

    Thet orca Takara helps guide her newborn, Kyara, to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Kyara was the final killer whale born under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. [Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP]
  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.