Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Know Your Candidates — Pinellas Park City Council

Pinellas Park | City Council

Pinellas Park, with a population of about 49,000, is the fourth-largest city in Pinellas County. It has 513 employees and a $50 million operating budget. It has a council-manager form of government in which a mayor and four council members set policy. They are also responsible for hiring the city manager, city clerk, city attorney and passing the budget. They generally hold two meetings and two workshops a month. The mayor serves a two-year term and earns $19,950 a year. Council members serve four-year terms and earn $17,290 a year. The top vote-getter will take office. Anne Lindberg, Times staff writer

Eugene Hendry, 29

unemployed

Patti Johnson, 68

business owner

Keith Sabiel, 58

assistant public works administrator/ utility director

Experience He worked in Pennsylvania for six years with the Pittston, Pa., department of public works, then for two years as a corrections officer with the Luzerne County prison. After that, he spent two years in security with the Reading Medical Center. He was a parks maintenance worker with the city of Pinellas Park from June 2011 until Oct. 12, 2011, when city records show he was discharged during his probationary period for absenteeism. She operates a business as a court-appointed guardian and is an eldercare consultant. She and her husband own and operate Amber Glen Feed Depot and the Amber Glen Equestrian Center. She was first elected to the Pinellas Park council in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Sandra Bradbury, who resigned to run for mayor. This would be her first full term. She has served on several boards and organizations over the years including the Pinellas Park Board of Adjustment, Pinellas Park Code Enforcement Board, Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Board of Directors. She has also volunteered with the Pinellas County TRIAD, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Seniors vs. Crime. She currently represents the city on the Pinellas Park Medical District Board of Directors, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors, Florida League of Cities Finance Committee, and was recently appointed chairwoman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Local Coordinating Board. He has worked for Pinellas Park since 1974. He is currently serving as assistant public works administrator/utility director in the water maintenance division. He has plans to retire in June, but will have to retire immediately if elected.
EducationHigh school diplomaShe is a graduate of Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport; attended Texas Tech College, now Texas Tech University; and South Plains College, both in Lubbock.Graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.
PersonalHe is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Pinellas Park about three years ago from Pittston. He is married and has no children.She was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and moved to St. Pete Beach as an infant. She first moved to Pinellas Park in 1982, then in 2000 moved to Bardmoor and returned to Pinellas Park in 2002. She is married and has one child and one grandchild. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., moved to Pinellas Park in 1971. He is married, has two children and seven granddaughters.
Why you?"I want to bring some of my ideas and change to Pinellas Park.""Because Pinellas Park residents have invested in me over the last two years. They have sent me around the state to learn and bring new ideas back to our city. And because I am the only candidate that has the experience to continue to move our city forward.""I am going to be the only retired councilman. I am going to have the time to spend and to meet the residents of our community. I'm a person that listens to the people (and who) will find solutions. I have 39 years' experience with the residents of Pinellas Park."
What is the biggest issue for Pinellas Park?He says a close look at the budget is needed to cut waste and keep taxes low and there should be an emphasis on giving preferential treatment to Pinellas Park businesses when the city bids out work. "Our budget. Protecting our revenue from the county and state and making sure our city remains an affordable place to live and work." The city has taken many fiscal hits in recent years from the bad economy and loss of revenue when Pinellas County ended the contract for fire coverage in the High Point area. The city will face more potential losses with proposed county cuts to funding emergency medical services.""One of the biggest issues facing Pinellas Park today is the threat to our local funding from Pinellas County proposing to cut and freeze the amount paid to Pinellas Park for providing emergency medical services. This cut could eliminate two emergency rescue units being out of service from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. I will work with Pinellas County trying to prevent this funding from being eliminated."
Source of incomeNone listedGuardianships, consulting, Amber GlenSalary
AssetsNone listedReal estate, car, horse trailer, two horses Four homes in Pinellas Park, two in Weeki Wachee and two in Spring Hill, one boat and two vehicles
LiabilitiesNone listedTwo mortgages Mortgage
Social mediaNone listedpatriciajohnson.org facebook.com/councilwomanjohnsonvotesabiel.com

facebook.com/keithsabiel

[email protected]

Eugene Hendry, 29

unemployed

Patti Johnson, 68

business owner

Keith Sabiel, 58

assistant public works administrator/ utility director

Experience He worked in Pennsylvania for six years with the Pittston, Pa., department of public works, then for two years as a corrections officer with the Luzerne County prison. After that, he spent two years in security with the Reading Medical Center. He was a parks maintenance worker with the city of Pinellas Park from June 2011 until Oct. 12, 2011, when city records show he was discharged during his probationary period for absenteeism. She operates a business as a court-appointed guardian and is an eldercare consultant. She and her husband own and operate Amber Glen Feed Depot and the Amber Glen Equestrian Center. She was first elected to the Pinellas Park council in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Sandra Bradbury, who resigned to run for mayor. This would be her first full term. She has served on several boards and organizations over the years including the Pinellas Park Board of Adjustment, Pinellas Park Code Enforcement Board, Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast Board of Directors. She has also volunteered with the Pinellas County TRIAD, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Seniors vs. Crime. She currently represents the city on the Pinellas Park Medical District Board of Directors, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors, Florida League of Cities Finance Committee, and was recently appointed chairwoman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Local Coordinating Board. He has worked for Pinellas Park since 1974. He is currently serving as assistant public works administrator/utility director in the water maintenance division. He has plans to retire in June, but will have to retire immediately if elected.
EducationHigh school diplomaShe is a graduate of Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport; attended Texas Tech College, now Texas Tech University; and South Plains College, both in Lubbock.Graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.
PersonalHe is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Pinellas Park about three years ago from Pittston. He is married and has no children.She was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and moved to St. Pete Beach as an infant. She first moved to Pinellas Park in 1982, then in 2000 moved to Bardmoor and returned to Pinellas Park in 2002. She is married and has one child and one grandchild. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., moved to Pinellas Park in 1971. He is married, has two children and seven granddaughters.
Why you?"I want to bring some of my ideas and change to Pinellas Park.""Because Pinellas Park residents have invested in me over the last two years. They have sent me around the state to learn and bring new ideas back to our city. And because I am the only candidate that has the experience to continue to move our city forward.""I am going to be the only retired councilman. I am going to have the time to spend and to meet the residents of our community. I'm a person that listens to the people (and who) will find solutions. I have 39 years' experience with the residents of Pinellas Park."
What is the biggest issue for Pinellas Park?He says a close look at the budget is needed to cut waste and keep taxes low and there should be an emphasis on giving preferential treatment to Pinellas Park businesses when the city bids out work. "Our budget. Protecting our revenue from the county and state and making sure our city remains an affordable place to live and work." The city has taken many fiscal hits in recent years from the bad economy and loss of revenue when Pinellas County ended the contract for fire coverage in the High Point area. The city will face more potential losses with proposed county cuts to funding emergency medical services.""One of the biggest issues facing Pinellas Park today is the threat to our local funding from Pinellas County proposing to cut and freeze the amount paid to Pinellas Park for providing emergency medical services. This cut could eliminate two emergency rescue units being out of service from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. I will work with Pinellas County trying to prevent this funding from being eliminated."
Source of incomeNone listedGuardianships, consulting, Amber GlenSalary
AssetsNone listedReal estate, car, horse trailer, two horses Four homes in Pinellas Park, two in Weeki Wachee and two in Spring Hill, one boat and two vehicles
LiabilitiesNone listedTwo mortgages Mortgage
Social mediaNone listedpatriciajohnson.org facebook.com/councilwomanjohnsonvotesabiel.com

facebook.com/keithsabiel

[email protected]

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