September 9, 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. Assistant Human Resources Director - $61,306.64 to $67,437.00 (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)
Acting City Manager Richard H. Sloan

Florida Economic Development Council Board of Directors
The City of Haines City congratulates Ms. Cyndi Jantomaso, President/CEO of the Haines City Economic Development Council, for her most recent appointment to the Florida Economic Development Council Board of Directors. 

It is a great achievement for the City of Haines City to be represented as one the state of Florida's largest economic engines. Having been appointed as a Board member, Ms. Jantomaso brings awareness and a tremendous voice to Haines City, as well as North East Polk statewide and abroad. Congratulations Cyndi on your most recent appointment!
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois 

Oakland Cemetery
The City Clerk's office has completed the data input for Oakland Cemetery.  A lot of hard work and dedication went into organizing the records, verifying the records by walking the cemetery, and inputting all of the associated data.  The Cemetery Information Management System (CIMS) is designed so that all cemetery information is linked to a digital map.  A user can simply click on the map and determine who owns the space, when it was purchased, and if there are any interments within that space.  Additionally, the user can query the database for particular owners, find loved ones, and present an outlined map as to where the space is located within the Cemetery.
In October, the database will be available online to allow our citizens to look up information in Oakland Cemetery about their loved ones on our website. The City Clerk's office will begin verification of written records by walking Forest Hill Cemetery this fall and begin data entry into the system.  Upon completion, Forest Hill will also be available to the public through our website.  Please call the City Clerk at (863) 421-9921 if you are interested in helping walk and verify spaces in Forest Hill.  We thank you for supporting our community.

Acting Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now
  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Smoke Alarms
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Water Distribution Certification Class
The City of Haines City will be hosting Florida Rural Water Association to provide the Water Distribution Certification.  This a four-day class (November 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 9th, 2016) and is intended for applicants who have not completed their educational requirements for the State of Florida, Certified Water Distribution Operator examination.  This class will provide a Certificate of Completion that will meet the educational requirements for Levels 2 and 3 of the Water Distribution Operator examination.  There will be no Continuing Education Units (CEUs) issued for this class.

All attendees must attend all four days of the class and successfully complete an examination on the last day in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.  All attendees must bring a calculator to class.  The Certificate provides proof of educational eligibility to take the State Water Distribution Certification exam. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements may be found on the DEP Website at Please allow 30-45 days to receive your Certification of Completion.  

The fourth day class will be held at the City of Haines City Event Center.  Haines City employees that are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Sarria at (863) 421-9973.  For any other individual or City, please contact Amy Rogers at (850) 668-2746 or visit for registration.  Licensure for Water Distribution System Operators became mandatory on May 1, 2016.

The Water Utility Division sent six (6) employees to Barney's Pumps in Lakeland for Electrical and Circuit Board Training in January 2016.  Then in April 2016, the Water Utility Division held Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) training and certifications at the Oakland Community Center for Water Utilities, Parks & Recreation, and Streets Department, also two other cities joined.

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Lunch and Learn Workshop - Vegetable Gardening
Haines City held its second Lunch and Learn Class "Vegetable Gardening" with 92 in attendance on August 30, 2016.  The Utilities Department would like to thank our speaker, Dave Geoking, with the IFAS Extension Program and all of those who attended, along with the City Staff from the Library and the Utilities Department that made it all possible.  Please continue to watch our City Manager's reports for the next Lunch and Learn Class. 

WOW (Watched Outstanding Work!)

Tennis Professional Jeff McCardle
Letter from Ms. Kewhi Lee

Dear Mr. City Manager & Director of Park/ Recreation Department,
I love tennis and I got to know Mr. Jeff McCardle about a year ago, when I moved from Coral Springs, FL. I would like to express how happy I am to play and meet tennis friends at  Haines City Tennis Center. 

We love Jeff, because he is very friendly, dedicated, well-organized, and a great tennis instructor with in-depth knowledge and experience. I just want you to know that he loves his job and operates at the best where a tennis center should be. 

I must tell you how proud the City of Haines City must be in having an employee like Mr. Jeff McCardle. Please let me know if I could do anything for you and the City of Haines City.
Sincerely Yours,
Kewhi Lee

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