Commissioner Stuart was born and raised in Orlando and has served the local community in many ways. Prior to serving on the Council, he served as the co-chair of the Mayor’s Working Committee on Homelessness and on the task force for Orange County’s Council on Aging. He currently serves on the City’s Finance Committee.
Commissioner Stuart has built coalitions of concerned citizens from all over the Orlando community to address the issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, affordable housing, education, transportation, senior adults, and more. He is also a past board member of Heart of Florida United Way’s (HFUW) Community Services Network/211, the Orange County Historical Society, the College Park Rotary Club, and the PTA/PTSA of Lake Silver Elementary, Lee Middle, and Edgewater High Schools. He was instrumental in the creation of the Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force, the renovation of Historic Dubsdread Golf Course, and countless public safety initiatives. He currently represents the City of Orlando as a member of the board of directors of both the Florida League of Cities and the Central Florida Fair.
Robert has served as the Executive Director of the Christian Service Center since 1995. The Center is the result of a collaborative outreach of the downtown Orlando churches and first opened its doors on June 1, 1971. Since their inception, the Christian Service Center has provided the most vulnerable populations of Central Florida with various programs designed to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs, regardless of race, religion or gender.
Commissioner Stuart graduated from Princeton Elementary, Lee Middle, Edgewater High School and the University of Florida. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Ann, for 42 years. They have two grown children, Maribeth and Robert, Jr., and five grandchildren. He is active at Church on the Drive, formerly College Park Baptist Church. Commissioner Stuart has umpired baseball throughout Central Florida for 50 years, and has umpired in two Little League World Series Tournaments (1996, 2005).
Cpl. Kevlon H. Kirkpatrick, Community Liaison Officer, District 3
Cpl. Kirkpatrick, the Community Liaison for District #3, is currently assigned to the Community Policing Division of the Orlando Police Department. He has over 16 years of experience working as a law enforcement officer and has been District 3 liaison since Commissioner Stuart took office in 2006. He holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from the College of Staten Island.
Cpl. Kirkpatrick holds many certifications including Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner and Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner (by the Florida Attorney General’s Office), Defensive Tactics Instructor (by the Criminal Justice Institute at Valencia Community College) and is a certified School Resource Officer. In 2010, Cpl. Kirkpatrick was awarded the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Crime Prevention Officer of the Year.
In his current position, Cpl. Kirkpatrick performs free residential and commercial security surveys for District 3 homes and businesses. He also attends all of our District 3 Neighborhood Watch meetings as well as many other special events throughout the community. Thanks to the efforts of Cpl. Kirkpatrick and our brave residents, District 3 boasts more Neighborhood Watch groups than any other area of the City. Please feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to become involved in crime prevention in our neighborhoods.
Jessica Stead, Commissioner’s Aide
Jessica has worked as the aide in District 3 since Commissioner Stuart took office in 2006. Prior to joining the City, she worked for five years as a legislative aide in the Florida State Senate. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of arts degree in English – Go Gators!
Jessica is proud to not only work in the City of Orlando but also to live in the City, calling the Delaney Park neighborhood home. She, her husband Ryan, and their children enjoy all of the amenities that urban living provides.