Commissioner Antonio “Tony” Ortiz is a resident of Florida since 1984, and has lived in the City of Orlando since 1989. His career in public service began when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1984. He served his country nine years (between active and reserve) and is a Persian Gulf War Veteran. He also worked in accounting and in banking for four years.
He is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor in Science. In addition, he is a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner in the State of Florida. He specializes in Elder and Disabled Crime, and Prevention through Environmental Design.
In Orlando, Commissioner Ortiz is a pioneer in the implementation of the concept of Neighborhood and Business Councils. A proactive approach to maintain the communities and merchants involved with City government and law enforcement; while keeping the local government abreast of the community issues and merchants’ problems. This concept serves as a solid foundation for responsible development and economic growth. He further drove the Business Council to become the first Business Association on District 2, known as the Semoran Business Partnership. Recently, the Semoran Business Partnership obtained the Market Street Program designation.
Commissioner Ortiz led the revitalization of the City of Orlando District 2 by initiating a Vision Plan to re-develop the Semoran corridor. This corridor is the main gate to the City of Orlando from Orlando International Airport.
He also opened the first Seniors vs. Crime Office in Orlando; a special project of the Florida Office of the Attorney General. The Seniors vs. Crime Project was created to reinforce the message of crime prevention and to provide methods by which Florida’s senior population could be alerted to consumer fraud, con games, and other criminal acts.
He was City of Orlando 2010-11 Mayor Pro Tem. Currently, he is the Tri-County League of Cities 2013 Board of Directors President, he is a member of the National League of Cities – Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), a member of the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors, a member of the Heart of Florida United Way Board of Directors, a member of the Orlando Web Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the After-School All-Stars Board of Directors, a member of the Ana G. Mendez University/Orlando Campus Board of Directors, a member of the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation, honorary member of the Working Together Coalition (a City partnering organization) abd a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Commissioner Ortiz was also the President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, Central Florida Chapter, for two years.
• Tri-County League of Cities, Board of Directors, 2013 President
• Tri-County League of Cities, Board of Directors, 2012 Vice President
• Florida League of Cities – Board of Directors, member since 2011
• Florida League of Cities – Finance, Taxation Committee member, 2013
• Florida League of Cities – International Relations Committee, 2013
• City of Orlando, Mayor Pro Tem 2009 – 2010 and 2010 – 2011
• After School All Star Board of Directors, member
• Heart of Florida United Way Board of Directors, member
• Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) member
• Ana G. Mendez University/Orlando Campus Board of Directors, President
• Earthweb Foundation Board, member
• Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation, member
• Former President of the National Latino Peace Officer Association – Central Florida Chapter 2007 – 2008
• National Latino Peace Officer Association – Central Florida Chapter, Treasurer, 2004 – 2006
• “Trabajando Juntos” (Working Together Group), member
• Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
• Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner
• Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner
• Florida Elder Crime Prevention Practitioner
• Alumni of University of Central Florida