Longtime Government Official Howard Tipton to be Honored with Inaugural Raymond C. Sittig Distinguished Public Service Award

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Longtime Government Official Howard Tipton to be Honored with Inaugural Raymond C. Sittig Distinguished Public Service Award

On Friday, August 15, Howard “Tip” D. Tipton will be presented with the Florida League of Cities’ inaugural Raymond C. Sittig Distinguished Public Service Award at its 88th Annual Conference in Hollywood, Fla.

Howard “Tip” D. Tipton

Howard “Tip” D. Tipton

“For nearly 40 years, Tip has shared his expertise, his experience, his vision, his commitment to ethics and excellence with Florida’s city governments and with the local public management field,” said Florida League of Cities President and Pensacola Councilman P.C. Wu. “Florida is a better state for his service, and our cities are better for his service.”

The League’s newest award was named in honor of Raymond “Ray” C. Sittig, executive director emeritus for the Florida League of Cities, who served the League from 1959 until his death in 2012. Sittig was a tireless advocate for every city, town and village across this state, and was responsible for the development and implementation of some of the most innovative programs ever seen in state municipal leagues. He guided the many officers and boards of directors whom he served over the decades, and that guidance and advice led to the Florida League of Cities becoming the largest state municipal league in the nation.

“I’m very humbled and honored because Ray was my good friend, and because I believe in the mission of the Florida League of Cities,” said Howard Tipton.“It has been my genuine pleasure to have a public servant’s career; I’m very blessed.”

Tipton, who has been called the “dean of city managers” in recognition of his 50-year commitment to the profession, came to Florida in 1978 to serve as Daytona Beach’s city manager. His municipal career began in 1958 in California as the youngest city manager in California’s then-history at the age of 23, serving Glendora. He earned a reputation as a coalition builder in southern California, where he led efforts to build the Foothill freeway, implement redevelopment tax-increment financing, and several other innovations.

Tipton was given a presidential commission to staff a fire prevention study by President Nixon in 1971 in recognition of his municipal fire service expertise. Following a brief period of county intergovernmental management back in California, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 as the first director of the U.S. Fire Prevention and Control Administration; he was re-appointed by President Carter to this post until 1978.

Governor Bob Graham appointed Tipton to the Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (later called the LCIR), to hold the non-elected officials’ seat, on which he served several terms. In 1994 he became Orlando’s chief administrative officer, and was appointed by Governor Chiles to the Florida Local Government Study Commission II. Following his retirement from Orlandoin 2000 he served as executive director of LYNX, the central Florida mass transit state agency, and has since held several interim city and town manager posts. Currently, he works with the Volusia Civic League’s legislative and finance committees, specifically focused on improvements to joint city/county fire dispatch, municipal pension reform and intergovernmental relations.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.For more information, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com.

Erika Branchcomb, Communications Specialist
ebranchcomb@flcities.com or (850) 222-9684


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