The Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD), the statewide organization representing units of special-purpose local government, has added Palm Harbor Fire Chief Scott Sanford to its statewide board. Sanford, who has served with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for almost two decades, was voted onto the board at the association’s August meeting in St. Augustine.
The board oversees activities of FASD and helps to spread awareness of the 1,700-plus special districts in Florida. The board also advocates the benefits of FASD’s professional education and training in public service, among other goals.
“Many Floridians don’t realize the significant role played by special districts, which are often created to provide essential services where regular local governments do not,” said FASD Executive Director Fred Crawford. “Scott Sanford understands the importance of our role, and we’re very excited to have him join the board.”
Board members represent districts in communities across Florida, including Broward, Palm Beach County, Lee, and St. Lucie counties and San Carlos Park, Spring Lake, Sanibel, and Destin.
Sanford has been a member of the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue since 2000 and was promoted to Fire Chief this year. He served 10 years on the Executive Board of Local 2980, where he developed relationships with elected officials around the state. He received his District Manager certification through FASD in 2014.
Founded in 1979, FASD offers support to the leaders of Florida’s special districts by means of advocating for positive actions, providing training and certification programs for district officials, supplying networking opportunities and idea-sharing among districts, and affording access to the latest information and laws that affect special districts every day.