Employee Newsletter, March 2020

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Message From the City Manager

Though the month of March has been almost totally consumed with preparations, planning and implementation of new procedures and practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you have all done your best to continue city operations and provide excellent service to our residents, businesses and customers. I did not want the month of March to end without letting you know again how incredibly grateful I am to all of you. I also didn’t want the month to go by without sharing non-COVID-19 news, such as awards, promotions, retirements and other happenings in the city. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our operations, important programs and projects continue thanks to your abilities and commitment. City Council Members, residents and businesses have expressed their thanks for the job you are doing to provide public services in this very unique time. You have my sincerest thanks as well.

Stay well, 

Melbourne Police Department Honors Police Officer, Communications Officer and Employee of the Year

Photo of police chief, deputy police chief, and the Melbourne Police Department "of the year" winners with their awards.

On March 5, the Melbourne Police Department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize police officers, communications officers and civilian employees for outstanding performance, dedication, courage and professionalism. Each year the Melbourne Police Department also recognizes one police officer, communications officer and employee who stand out among these exceptional honorees. Pictured from left to right: Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie; Communications Officer of the Year, Supervisor Cary Sargent; Officer of the Year, Sergeant Ian Mitchell; Employee of the Year, Karen Shelley; and Deputy Chief David Waltemeyer.

Shape Your Future: Participate in the 2020 Census

Graphic with text: Census Facts - 2020 Census data will help inform how billions of dollars are distributed to states and communities every year for the next 10 years.

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census were mailed out in March. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes and complete the Census. Census results have an impact on planning and funding for housing, health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. For more information about the census, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s dedicated 2020 Census website.

City to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The words "Earth Day" with a heart shaped from leaves in the center.

This April 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate this milestone, the City of Melbourne has developed fun activities for the month of April.

Flat Stanley's Environmental Adventures: Design your own Flat Stanley (no age restrictions) and take pictures of him doing 10 different earth-friendly activities during the month of April. Submit your pictures by April 24 to 2885 Harper Road, Melbourne, FL 32904 or e-mail them to You will receive an Earth Day prize pack for participating in the Flat Stanley contest. 

Earth Week Theme of the Day Contest: From April 20 - 23 there will be a different sustainability theme each day posted on the City’s Facebook page. Viewers can comment on what they do to champion that day’s environmental theme and be entered into a drawing for a board game that correlates. Themes will be water conservation, energy conservation, recycling and litter impact, and saving the planet.

For details, go to or call the ECO Division, 321-608-5080.

April is “Water Conservation Month”

Water pouring from faucet into cup - photo by EPA

Also in April the City of Melbourne will be joining other municipalities and the St. Johns River Water Management District in recognizing “Water Conservation Month” to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation and the everyday changes all citizens can make to help save water and extend out water resources well into the future. Throughout the month of April, we will be sharing tips for how to conserve water. Here are some examples:

  • Turn off the water as you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. Faucets left in the open running position can waste several hundred to several thousand gallons of water per day.
  • Find and fix leaks. A leaky faucet or toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water each month.
  • Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. Rebates are available from the City of Melbourne for installing low-flow toilets.
  • Irrigate grass and outdoor plants only when they need it, properly maintain your irrigation system, and choose plants that require minimal water. Follow seasonal watering restrictions.
  • Install a rain barrel to capture and store rain water that flows off your rooftop. Harvested rainwater can be used to water your lawn and landscaped areas, fill ponds or fountains, and wash cars. The City of Melbourne offers $50 rebates to Melbourne residents who install rain barrels.
  • Find out if you can connect your irrigation system to the City’s reclaimed water distribution system. Using reclaimed water helps extends our traditional water supply by safely recycling an average of 2.3 million gallons of water every day.

For more information or advice on how to save water, please contact the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division: (321) 608-5080.


Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Thomas Baker to Utility Engineer,Public Works Utilities Administration
  • Christopher Cooper to Fire Lieutenant Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Johnny Delaney to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Michelle German to Code Inspector II, Code Compliance
  • Billy Hazelett to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Timothy Jorgensen to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Ralph Keller to Code Inspector II, Code Compliance
  • Nicole Kukstis to Director of Parks, Recreation and Golf 
  • Bret Martine to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Eduardo Ribeiro to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Fredrick Simcox to Fire Lieutenant Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Evan Shaner to Maintenance Worker II, Water Reclamation
  • Fayth Starr to Communications Officer II, Police Support Services
  • Aaron Traylor to Assistant Water Reclamation Superintendent, Water Reclamation
  • Stephen Vallante to Fire Lieutenant Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Arlene Vinson to Systems Analyst, Information Technology


  • Joseph Sendelbach, Maintenance Repair Worker/Parks, retired on February 27 after 12 years of service.
  • Randy Riesdorph, Water Production Mechanic, retired on March 4 after 34 years of service.