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Three DeLand officials honored with 2022 Home Rule Hero Award


Commissioner Chris Cloudman, Mayor Bob Apgar and Deputy City Manager Mike Grebosz recognized for their advocacy efforts during the 2022 legislative session

The Florida League of Cities (FLC), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice of Florida municipal governments, recently honored three city officials – Commissioner Chris Cloudman, Deputy City Manager Mike Grebosz and Mayor Bob Apgar – with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2022 legislative session. All three worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the powers of the Home Rule of Florida Municipalities and advancing the League’s legislative agenda.

“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we are very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of municipal leaders,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local authorities on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local leaders have been consistently engaged and actively defended their communities throughout the 2022 legislative session. They are Home Rule heroes and we thank them for their efforts.

This is the first time that DeLand has 3 recipients in the same year.

Autonomy is the ability of a city to solve local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, elected and unelected, who have always responded to the League’s request to contact members of the legislature and help provide a local perspective on an issue.

“I’m proud of the work our city has done to protect not only our residents, but municipalities across the state,” said Mayor Bob Apgar. “For some time now, state legislators have eroded the rights of local governments to self-govern when they should be collectively focused on addressing issues affecting our entire state, such as runaway rents, funding for affordable housing or rising seas.

“I want to congratulate Commissioner Chris Cloudman and Deputy City Manager Mike Grebosz for receiving this award 2 years in a row. As I step down later this year, I am happy to know that there are others who will continue to defend our city and I encourage all of our future commissioners to be active advocates for DeLand at the community level. ‘State.

Commissioner Chris Cloudman was born in Boynton Beach and raised in Port Orange. He moved to DeLand in 2008 and was appointed to Seat 4 of the City Commission in 2014 and has served ever since.

Deputy City Manager Mike Grebosz, a city resident and graduate of Stetson University, has worked for the city for 17 years, the last six years as Deputy City Manager.

Mayor Apgar has won the Home Rule Hero Award multiple times since its inception in 2009. He has been very active in the Volusia League of Cities, Florida League of Mayors, and Florida League of Cities in various capacities during his tenure as mayor .

— Chris Graham, DeLand Community Information Manager

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