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Biography

Patty Sheehan

Patty Sheehan
Orlando City Commissioner, District 4

Commissioner Patty Sheehan was first elected to the Orlando City Council in 2000. She served as President of the Colonialtown North Neighborhood Association, and is proud to come from a servant leadership background.  Commissioner Sheehan attended Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida and earned her B.A. in art. A former Administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, she serves her constituents full time.  Commissioner Sheehan is well known for her advocacy of pedestrian safety, safe neighborhoods, historic preservation and a thriving Downtown.

She serves as Vice Chair of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and established some of the first neighborhood horizon planning processes, which led to successful developments like SoDo, Mills Park and Baldwin Park.

Commissioner Sheehan has been recognized multiple times by the Orlando Weekly, Orlando Magazine and also by the Watermark newspaper as Best Elected Official. She was listed in the Top 25 Influential Women in Orlando Life Magazine. She was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 2013. She has twice been a finalist for Downtowner of the Year.  She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America, Citrus Council.  In 2015 Commissioner Sheehan was the very first recipient of The Center’s Lifetime Achievement award.  Then in 2016 Commissioner Sheehan was awarded the Pet Alliance’s Humane Hero Award along with the Chuck Hummer Visionary Award from the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.

She is proudest of the restoration of the iconic Lake Eola Fountain, the addition of 1.3 acres to Lake Eola Park, the preservation of the Eola House and construction of sidewalks for children walking to and from school. She was the first openly-gay elected official in Central Florida, and passed non-discrimination protections and Domestic Partnership legislation for the LGBT community. She is an urban agriculture advocate, and has championed community gardens and urban chickens. She also worked with the Trust for Public Land to acquire the Orlando Urban Trail (OUT). She is a huge supporter of small business and Orlando’s Main Street Districts. She represents Downtown South, Mills50 and Thornton Park Main Streets. She also lobbied and passed a Florida State Law allowing for Doggie Dining on outdoor patios in Downtown Orlando.  She is the founder and chairperson for Wheels for Kids, which has provided more than 1,000 bicycles to needy elementary and middle school students in Reeves Terrace public housing.

Commissioner Sheehan represents the great neighborhoods of Bel Air, Colonialtown North, Colonialtown South, Coytown, Delaney Park, Dover Shores West, East Central Park, Lake Cherokee, Lake Como, Lake Copeland, Lake Davis/Greenwood, Lake Eola Heights, Lake Holden, Lake Terrace, Lake Weldona, Lancaster Park, Lawsona/Ferncreek, Millenia, Pineloch, South Division, South Eola, South Orange, Southern Oaks, Thornton Park and Wadeview Park.  She represents a majority of the historic districts located in Orlando.

Commissioner Sheehan enjoys many outdoor activities including painting, gardening, paddleboarding and Dragon Boat racing. She is a huge proponent of the arts and culture in Orlando, and is also a local artist who exhibits her “Bad Kitty” paintings in local clubs and shops. She lives in a 1928 bungalow home with her puppy Sienna, a diva kitty, Nina Simone along with Peep, Cheep and Bleep (her mini flock of urban chickens).

Government/Civic Service

  • City Commissioner (since 2000)
  • Past Mayor Pro Tem 1 & 2
  • Past President, Colonialtown Neighborhood Association
  • District 4 Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year
  • Neighborhood Watch Block Captain
  • Volunteer, Green Up Orlando
  • Volunteer, Keep Orlando Beautiful
  • Volunteer, Neighborhood Matching Grants
  • Member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • National League of Cities Nominating Committee and Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Orange County Library Governing Board
  • Past President/Current Member, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Local Officials (a constituency group in the National League of Cities)
  • Former Treasurer, International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials

Elected in 2000
Re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2015

 

Bill Stevens

Bill Stevens
Aide to District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan

Bill Stevens was born and raised about an hour west of Chicago, Illinois in the small town of Montgomery, Illinois. Bill has always been a very hard worker and has worked full-time since he was just 15 years old.  After a handful of other jobs, Bill landed a job at Bell Laboratories (which eventually became AT&T and then Lucent Technologies) in the Naperville, Illinois location.  After an extensive career with Bell Labs/AT&T/Lucent Technologies, Bill was able to realize a lifelong dream and move to Central Florida.

Bill’s move to Florida in December, 2003 was just in time to experience the hurricanes of 2004. Although he had never experienced a hurricane before, because of Bill’s calm, very detailed and organized traits, he was thrust into the role of running the Hurricane Control Center for his employer (a Property Management Company) at that time. And as Bill would put it “It’s a life lesson learned in real time.”

Bill Stevens has also worked as the Assistant Managing Director for a large luxury real estate company in Downtown Orlando, before joining us here at City Hall. This along with Bill’s other career experiences make him a great asset to both Commissioner Sheehan and the residents of District 4 whom he now serves. Bill has a can-do attitude, a great mid-western work ethic and is always willing to take the time to talk and work with the residents of District 4 with genuine concern about their needs.

The one thing that anyone who knows Bill will say about him is that he is a volunteer through and through. Bill has participated in walks, runs and bicycling events for causes like The American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, the AIDS Walk, volunteering at a senior day care program, was on the board to save a historic home (in Warrenville, IL), breast cancer awareness, food drives for people in need, collecting dresses for Operation Princess Project (providing high school girls with free prom dresses), toy and clothing drives for needy children and one of the  closest to his heart – the SPCA/Humane Society Walk. Bill is a huge animal lover and comes from, as he puts it “a big dog family.” He states that everyone in his family currently has and always has had dogs and numerous other species of pets.

Bill’s hobbies include writing, collecting glass Christmas ornaments, traveling and spending time with his Husband, Robert and their four 4-legged kids – Kahlua (a chocolate Lab),  Zena (an Abyssinian mix breed rescue cat), Nemo (a Treeing Walker Coonhound mix) Nemo was also a rescue and was probably in a severe accident which left him with an upside down back paw and the last of the pack is Mookie who is also a mixed breed rescue cat.  When Nemo came to us he was skin and bones and because of his paw the animal shelter named him Nemo (after the little fish with a lucky fin) and of course the name fits and has stuck.  Just like in the movie we call Nemo’s foot his “lucky foot” as to make him feel lucky to have such a special paw – unlike any other dogs that he knows.

Bill Stevens states, “I am delighted to be working with Commissioner Sheehan and serving the residents of District 4. It is a true honor to be working here in The City Beautiful.”  Bill also mentioned “This is one of the greatest jobs I’ve ever had and I’m honored to be working with such dedicated people here at City Hall.  People in public service do this for their love of the City and for their desire to try to help others and I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful team that I consider my City Family.”  Since joining the City in 2011, Bill has also been very involved in helping raise money for the City’s Workplace Giving Campaign and also in the City’s wellness week activities.

Bill Stevens was honored to be one of four City employees awarded the 2013 Dennis McNamara Employee of the Year Award.

 

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Police Officer Eddie Rosado
Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer

Officer Eddie Rosado was born and raised in Paterson New Jersey, a city west of the shining lights of the city that never sleeps, “New York City”. He played in the streets where neighborhoods were cherished and had a strong sense of family to them. This is the place he called home and learned to respect and enjoy the diversity of others. When growing up Eddie had a strong passion for baseball and played from little league through semi-pro league and he also coached baseball. Eddie embraced his first career in the Printing/Graphics Arts industry for 17 years, where he ultimately managed one of the top printing franchises in the Northern New Jersey Region. Eddie’s bi-lingual and managerial skills, has nurtured him with a strong positive demeanor.

Officer Eddie Rosado moved to Orlando, Florida in 2004, to follow his heart on becoming a Police Officer. Through hard work and dedication, Eddie was accepted into the Law Enforcement Academy, where he graduated in the top 5 in his class. He was hired by the Orlando Police Department in the same year. He encountered the 3 three major hurricanes of 2004 while in field training at OPD, and received a very good hands on training and prospective on how to help people in a time of need. The Hurricanes taught him valuable lessons on collaboration between Officers and Citizens working as one. Eddie has spent time in East and North Patrol Squads, where he has served as Assistant Squad Leader (Acting Sergeant), and has received numerous Community Service Awards, Unit Citations, and Certificates of Appreciation. Currently, he is assigned to the Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit. Eddie is also a Cross Trained Motorcycle Officer for the past 7 years, where he has taken part in numerous presidential and dignitary escorts, along with traffic enforcement detail. He also spent several years playing on the Orlando Police Softball team, which traveled throughout the nation competing in tournaments.

Officer Eddie Rosado’s free time is spent enjoying his well deserving family; Lauren, sons Eddie & Landyn, and step daughter Kaitlyn, along with Jeter his Italian Greyhound and a parrot named Wasabi. Traveling, especially to beach side resorts are always first on the family list. Golfing, running, and coaching baseball are some of his favorite hobbies.

Officer Eddie Rosado has truly enjoyed serving the citizens of Orlando through hard work and an open mind. He is honored to be working with Commissioner Sheehan, and serving the constituents of District 4 within the City Beautiful.

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