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Issues and Voices that Matter January 13, 2011

Lacey: 1-on-1 (part 2)

Lacey: 1-on-1, part 2 title (photo - CMF Public Media)Mayor Charles Lacey, of the city of Winter Springs Florida, took office in November 2010…unopposed. Lacey responds to questions about the consolidation of the city’s former fire department with Seminole County …the city’s unique form of government, where the Mayor votes only in the case of a tie. He addresses the consequences to the city of the 9-charter amendments … and he discusses the newly minted title of “Twin Cities” now being used by Winter Springs and its adjoining municipal mate, the city of Oviedo. Feature length – 19:30

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)

A link to part one of producer’ Stephen McKenney Steck’s conversation with Lacey is available below as is the 60-minute extended interview from which both parts were excerpted.

In part-1, Lacey describes his leadership style…the economic development issues facing the city…his perceptions of the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats he sees confronting Winter Springs over the next 4 years of his term in office…and how being elected uncontested resonates with him.

We’ve posted a series of still pictures of Mayor Lacey, plus links to information on issues Lacey addresses in his interview.

Links to other podcasts produced by CMF Public Media featuring Charles Lacey

Useful links to issues addressed by Charles Lacey

Links from area newspapers regarding Charles Lacey

Bio & Extended Interview

Charles Lacey
Mayor, City of Winter Springs, FL

bio | website

Charles Lacey and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (1:00:55)


With a population today of approximately 34,000 residents, the city of Winter Springs, Florida was incorporated in 1959. Geographically, the city is located in the east Seminole County region of Central Florida, immediately west of the city of Oviedo with whom it shares a growing affection…collectively branding and marketing themselves as the Twin Cities.

In his day job, Lacey is owner and president of QTS Management Corporation, a financial services company, and an organizer and director of Semoran Financial Corporation, owners of Semoran National Bank. He’s lived in the city for 12 years and has the requisite community involvement pedigree one might expect of a business person and an actively involved civic leader. His bio is on our web site.

As mayor, Lacey presides for a 4-year term over a form of municipal government called “manager/commission.” The mayor votes only in the event of a tie….earns $1,200 a month with no benefits…chairs commission meetings of 5-elected commissioners….and confronts the prospects of a very blue sky….at least as he paints it.

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