The below article is from Florida Today. (November 17, 2010)
Bentley named West Melbourne deputy mayor
By Susanne Cervenka firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST MELBOURNE -- — West Melbourne City Council selected Pat Bentley to serve as its deputy mayor for a second year.
The seven-member board unanimously approved him to the position after two rounds of paper ballot voting.
"I am honored to have my peers nominate and elect me to serve as deputy mayor of the city of West Melbourne," he said. "I will do everything in my power to serve the city in a professional manner and to use fiscal restraint at every opportunity available."
The vote for deputy mayor came after three newly elected council members were sworn in. Bentley, as well as council members Stephany Eley and Michael Hazlett, took the oath of office Tuesday night.
The board also recognized outgoing councilman Bill Mettrick, who served two terms on city council. The city gave Mettrick a plaque, and people in attendance gave him a standing ovation as he left the dais.
Each year, the council selects a new deputy mayor from six of the seven council members. The mayor is the seventh member of council.
The deputy mayor fills in for the mayor in the case of absences and often represents the city at various functions. The position does not provide additional pay.
The first round of written voting gave three votes to Bentley and Eley and one vote to councilman Andy Jones.
Bentley won the runoff with a 5-2 vote. Bentley, Jones, Hazlett and council members John D'Amico and Andrea Young voted for him. Eley and Rose voted for Eley.
The below questionnaire is from Florida Today. (October 17, 2010)
Age: 54 Years in city: 14
Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration, Rollins College, 1988
Political experience: Two years as city council member with the last year as deputy mayor of West Melbourne
Other experience: Four years of service, Marine Corps; 32 years in engineering and management, Harris Corp.
Family: Wife, Debra; three adult children
Contact: 321-724-4255, email@example.com
QUESTION: In a struggling economy, government revenues continue to decline. How would you address this issue? Would you support raising taxes to maintain services? Would you cut spending? How?
West Melbourne has reduced its budget over 30 percent in the last three years. We have instituted a salary freeze and reduced staffing to levels that better reflect the needs of our community. These and other cost savings measures have allowed us to exceed the basic needs and to invest in infrastructure such as roads and water line improvements. I will continue to scrutinize each decision to make sure tax dollars are being spent wisely.
Q: Brevard County is the Space Coast. Changes and cuts to the space program promise to challenge its residents. As an elected leader, what could or would you do to help?
As a result of a change in government priorities, local high-tech companies and/or defense contractors will have highly trained workers available to them, reducing the cost of hiring by eliminating expenses such as transporting of household goods. Most recently, Lockheed Martin purchased a facility on John Rodes Blvd. in West Melbourne. Their plans are to hire 100 workers from the local area, paying an average of $42,000 in wages per worker. Passage of the recent business tax credit program, which I supported, will ensure West Melbourne is on equal footing with our surrounding communities.
Q: Other than these issues, what do see as critical to address in the seat for which you’re running? What would you do?
In the last two years, my focus has been on bringing a sense of professionalism to the city council. Going forward, we need to continue to find ways to reduce cost by managing our city as a business. Individual departments should have budgets and be measured against these budgets — always looking for ways to reduce cost.
QUESTION: Why do you believe you are the best candidate for this office?
My 32 years at Harris Corp. have provided me an ideal background to meet the challenges that our city faces. I have an exceptionally strong business background with experience in management including engineering, contracts, project management, program management and business development. This experience, coupled with my last two years on the city council (deputy mayor), make me a highly qualified candidate for this most trusted position. I ask for your support and vote on Nov. 2.
The below article is from Hometown News. (August 6, 2010)
Deputy mayor seeks a return to the council
By Tony Judnich Judnich@hometownnewsol.com
WEST MELBOURNE - Managing the city like a business with limited resources is one of several things Pat Bentley hopes to accomplish should he be re-elected to the city council.
Mr. Bentley was elected to the council in 2008 and currently serves as deputy mayor.
City voters will decide the winners of three council seats, as well as the mayor's seat, in the nonpartisan city election Nov. 2.
As of press time, Mr. Bentley was one of three candidates seeking a council seat. The other candidates were Brian Jack and incumbent Stephany Eley.
Candidates for mayor were current mayor Hal Rose and incumbent councilman Bill Mettrick.
The council consists of six council members and the mayor. The entire council is elected at large and serves two staggered terms, with the mayor serving a three-year term.
Each council member receives an annual salary of $4,935 from the city. The mayor's annual salary is $5,551.
Mr. Bentley, 54, grew up in Melbourne and moved to West Melbourne about 13 years ago. He said he enjoys giving back to the community, "and as a city council member, you are able to make an impact.
"We have made tremendous strides in the last 18 months, and I am very proud of our city and its leadership."
Should he get re-elected Mr. Bentley said he also would like to:
. Pre-pay, to the extent possible and within budget constraints, police and employee pension plans to prevent future issues with un-funded plans
. Ensure preventative maintenance is being performed
. Identify key infrastructure investment targets annually and measure progress against these objectives
During his current term, Mr. Bentley said he helped in the hiring of a new city manager and city clerk, and in reducing staff by 10-15 people to ensure the city is living within its means and with a balanced budget.
He said he also "encouraged personnel to multitask, preventing the need to hire new employees as attrition takes its toll," and "invested in infrastructure and preventative maintenance to reduce long-term investment needs."
Mr. Bentley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Rollins University in Winter Haven.
He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a senior engineering manager at Harris Corp., where he has worked for 32 years.
He and his wife, Debbie, have three adult children: Rebekah, Joshua and Rachel.
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