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City Commission Members

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Mission Statement

DeLand will remain a city whose diverse citizens demonstrate a strong sense of community.  The City will remain dedicated to preserving and enhancing those assets which make DeLand distinctive.  We, as citizens of DeLand, will continue to strive to maintain DeLand’s heritage as the “Athens of Florida.”  

Description of Responsibilities

The government as set forth in the City Charter is a “commission-manager” government.  The City Commission is comprised of five Commissioners, one of who is elected as the Mayor-Commissioner, all are elected from the City at large.  

  • The Mayor-Commissioner presides over meetings of the Commission and serves as the ceremonial head of the government.  
  • The City Commission determines policy in the areas of economic development, planning, traffic, law and order, fire prevention and suppression, public works, parts, recreation, finance, utilities, and airport operations.
  • The City Commission appoints and removes the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.
  • The City Commission adopts a budget, levies taxes, collects revenues and makes appropriations and authorizes the issuance of bonds.  
  • The City Commission determines policy by adopting ordinances and resolutions, appropriating moneys, and exercising other essential legislative duties.

City Commission meetings are held on  the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Commission Chambers.  Live Streaming is available only during the meetings.  Agendas are available for viewing the Friday before the meeting.

Robert F. Apgar

Mayor
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Mayor Apgar

Robert F. “Bob” Apgar has been a resident of DeLand since 1959.  He has served his community as an elected official for over 29 years.  He is a shining example of leadership, citizen involvement, community spirit, and civic responsibility.  

Bob Apgar’s service as a City Commissioner began in May of 1983 when he served two 4-year terms.  He was elected again as City Commissioner in October of 1996 and served until June of 2001 when he resigned his position to run for Mayor.  He was elected as Mayor in October of 2001 and then reelected in 2005 and 2010 without opposition. In 2014, he was reelected to his fourth term as Mayor.

During Bob Apgar’s tenure as Mayor, the City of DeLand has endured the most difficult issues a growing city can face, including numerous complex land development issues, a changing workforce, changes in the makeup of the community, and balancing a city budget with diminishing revenue while trying to limit any loss of city services.  Those who have worked with the Mayor in dealing with these difficult issues would describe him as a man of integrity, as his actions are always honest and straightforward.  He adheres to the highest ethical standards. For these reasons, he has strong creditability with citizens and other elected officials in Volusia County and the state.  In August of 2009, the Florida League of Cities awarded him its highest award, the E. Harris Drew Lifetime Achievement Award.

Education

Bob Apgar is a 1965 graduate of DeLand High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina in 1969.  He earned his law degree at the University Of Florida College Of Law in 1971.

 

Government Experience

  • City Commissioner – 13 years as a City Commission and 16 years as Mayor
  • Chairman Volusia County Leadership Roundtable
  • Volusia County cities’ representative to Regional Leadership Congress
  • Past Chairman, Past Vice Chair and Secretary – Volusia Council of Governments (VCOG)
  • Past Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary – Volusia League of Cities
  • Past Chairman – Volusia Tax Reform Committee for VCOG
  • VCOG Smart Growth Committee Member
  • Past Chairman and Vice Chairman – Water Authority of Volusia (WAV)
  • Florida League of Cities Board Member
  • Florida League of Mayors Board Member
  • Chairman – Spring Hill Community CRA Board
  • Chairman – Downtown CRA Board
  • Past Chairman – Volusia County MPO



 

Military Service and Employment

  • U.S. Army JAG Corps – 1972-1976
  • Apgar & Gillen, P.A. Attorneys – 1976-1989
  • Brandywine Enterprises Inc. – Vice President – 1989-1990
  • Consolidated- Tomoka Land Co. – Sr. Vice President/Gen Counsel – Dec. 1990 to Dec. 2009
  • Council on Aging – Development Director – Nov 2010 - 2015

Past and Present Community Involvement

  • DeLand Breakfast Rotary
  • DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Stetson University Hatter Boosters
  • College Arms Towers Board
  • Good Samaritan Retirement Center Advisory Board
  • Emergency Medical Foundation, Inc. (EVAC) Board
  • DeLand Sports Redevelopment Association
  • United Way of Volusia County
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach
  • DeLand High School Football Chain Gang
  • Bulldog Boosters
  • Boys & Girls Club of Volusia Flagler

Awards/Honors Received

  • 2017 – Elected Official of the Year – Volusia League of Cities
  • 2013 – Inductee, High Schools of DeLand Hall of Fame
  • 2012  & 2017– Home Rule Hero – Florida League of Cities
  • 2011 – Blaine O’Neal Award of Excellence – Volusia League of Cities
  • 2009 – E. Harris Drew Lifetime Achievement Award – Florida League of Cities
  • 2007 – Elected Official of the Year – Volusia League of Cities
  • 2003 – West Volusia Sportsperson of the Year
  • 2002 – Golden Eagle Honoree (Boy Scouts)
  • 2001 – West Volusia Citizen of the Year
  • 1983 – DeLand Jaycees Outstanding Young Man

Personal

Bob Apgar has been a resident of DeLand for over 50 years.  He is married to Teresa Apgar and they have three children and seven grandchildren.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, watching sports and just being a grandparent.

 

Under Mayor Apgar’s leadership, the City has gained a reputation throughout the state as a quality City that strives to be innovative and successful.  He has helped to ensure DeLand maintains its small town charm while achieving Henry DeLand’s vision for DeLand as the “Athens of Florida.”

Charles Paiva

City Commissioner
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Charles Paiva was appointed to the City Commission in August 2018.

Paiva previously served on the City Commission from 2001 to 2005 and 2006 to 2016.

He was born and raised in DeLand. He is currently a Physical Therapist Assistant/Clinic Manager at Florida Hospital DeLand Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Education

  • University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Seminole State College
  • Daytona State College
  • Deltona High School

Community Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America - District Chairman
  • DeLand Breakfast Rotary
  • American Cancer Society - Board of Directors
  • Adopt-a-Road
  • Volusia Honor Air
  • NAACP
  • DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce

Charles Paiva

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Commissioner Davis

Term of Office: 12/31/15

Chris Cloudman

City Commissioner
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Commissioner Cloudman

Chris Cloudman was appointed to Seat 4 of the City Commission in September of 2014.

Chris was born in Boyton Beach, Florida and grew up in Port Orange. He moved to DeLand in 2008 from Oracle (Tucson), Arizona.

Education

  • Stetson University, Master of Business Administration
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Recreation
  • Daytona Beach Community College, Associate of Arts
  • Spruce Creek High School

Government Experience

  • City Commissioner – September 2014 to present
  • Florida League of Cities – Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works Legislative Policy Committee
  • River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Management Entity
  • River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization
  • Charter Review Committee, City of DeLand
  • Planning Board, City of DeLand
  • Joint City-County Coordinating Committee of DeLand

 

Community Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand (President Elect - Elect)
  • Take Stock in Children Mentor & Advisory Committee
  • YMCA Camp Winona Advisory Board
  • George Marks Elementary School Advisory Committee Volunteer
  •  Millennium Musicians Volunteer
  • Freedom Playground Next Generation
  • Leadership West Volusia Advisory Committee
  • Graduate of Leadership DeLand
  • Citizen Police Academy, DeLand Police Department
  • Accreditation Standards Visitor, American Camp Association

 

Employment

  • Cenergistic, Energy Specialist (Current)
  • Stetson University, Associate Director of Continuing Education
  • YMCA of Tucson, Director of Camping Services
  • Greater Daytona Beach Area YMCA, Program Director
  • Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Program Leader

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Personal

Chris Cloudman is married to Megan Cloudman and they have two daughters, Emily and Isobel.  He enjoys attending community events with his family, exploring our city roadways and trails on bicycle and volunteering at local charity / fundraising events.

Jessica Davis

City Commissioner
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Commissioner Davis

Jessica Davis was elected to Seat 3 on the DeLand City Commission on August 26, 2014, making her the first African American female to be elected to The DeLand City Commission. 

Jessica Davis understands the sense of urgency needed in serving the citizens of DeLand and has a vested interest in the community. Understanding how economic development is directly related to communities and schools is vital to short and long-term success. Jessica understands such interrelationships and will ensure to the best of her ability that the citizens of DeLand can be provided the best quality of life for themselves and their family. 

Education

Jessica is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned her bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism and minor in education.

Employment

Jessica is a High School Teacher for Volusia County Schools where she teaches a career preparation and learning strategies elective course for freshmen students.  

 Government Experience

  • DeLand City Commissioner
  • Florida League of Cities member
  • Volusia League of Cities member
  • Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials member
  • Minority Elected Officials of Volusia County, Charter Member
  • Young Elected Officials Network Member
  • Spring Hill Community CRA Board member
  • Downtown CRA Board member

 Community Involvement

  • Member of The DeLand Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Member of Greater Union First Baptist Church
  • Member of the Women of Faith Ministry, a youth mentoring and community service ministry
  • Organized the Community Financial Empowerment Workshop at The Chisholm Community Center
  • Participant in the Chisholm Community Center garden planting
  • Organized a community feeding event in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma
  • Organized a Say to No Gun Violence concert after a rash of shootings in the Spring Hill community
  • Participated in organized walks in the Candlelight Oaks community after a double homicide shooting at a block party

Personal 

Jessica Davis is from the neighboring city of Daytona Beach. She married her best friend Mario Davis who is a DeLand native and they have a daughter named Marissa. Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her family, mentoring youth, participating in community engagement events, traveling, word search puzzles and reading. 

Kevin Reid

City Commissioner
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Vice-Mayor Matusick

Kevin Reid was elected to Seat 5 on theDeLand City Commission on November 6, 2018. 

Kevin is a native Floridian, grew up with the love of the outdoors and service to his community. Kevin relocated to DeLand after high school to attend college. He fell in love with its small-town charm and could not imagine a better place than DeLand to raise a family.

Education

  • University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
  • Daytona State College
  • Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School (Miami, FL)

Employment

Kevin is an Associate at Dreggors, Rigsby and Teal, P.A, a local DeLand, CPA and Investment Advisor Firm.

Government Experience

  • DeLand Planning Board Member
  • Joint City-County Coordinating Committee of DeLand

Community Involvement

  • The Rotary Club of DeLand - President (2018-19)
  • The Rotary Club of DeLand - Board of Directors (2016-18)
  • Past Chairman of the Glamour and Gore Gala - Major Rotary Fundraiser
  • Past Co-Chairman Rotary Golf Tournament
  • Boy Scots of America - Pack 550 Treasurer
  • ColorLine Roundtable
  • DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Graduate of Leadership West Volusia
  • MainStreet DeLand Member
  • PAL Board of Directors

Awards/Honors Received

  • Eagle Scout
  • Paul Harris Fellow

Personal

Kevin Reid is married to Jennifer Rigsby Reid, a teacher at Blue Lake Elementary. They have been married since 2005, and have four sons named KJ, David, Liam and Mason. “I strive to be a role model for my sons and I am blessed to have the opportunity to do that in a wonderful city.”

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