On Monday, December 7, the Auburndale City Commission presented City Commissoner Richard Hamann with the Mayor John Land Years of Service Award for 25 years of elected municipal service. This award is a recognition, from the Florida League of Cities, for Commissioner Hamann’s commitment to municipal leadership and governance. Richard first became a commissioner for the City of Auburndale in 1991. His terms have been 1991 – 1996, 1998 – 2003, 2006 – 2013, and 2016 – present. Commissioner Hamann has also served as Mayor in 1996, 2002, 2010, and in 2013.

His fellow commissioners took turns sharing their appreciation of the time they’ve spent working alongside Commissioner Hamann. “I just want to thank you for being such an amazing role model for so many,” said Vice Mayor Dorothea Taylor Bogert, adding “you have set such an amazing example for us to strive to.” Mayor Tim Pospichal recalled the positive recognition Richard has received from the County level to the State, saying “He is the epitome of a dedicated public servant. He shares everything he knows. He’s always there and it has been a great honor and a privilege to have you serve our City.”

Commissioner Hamann shared his thanks to the people who work for the City of Auburndale. He said, “It’s not one person, it takes a team to build a city and to run a city and I thank you for your dedication to the City.” Richard thanked the citizens for their confidence in him, shown by the number of terms he has been elected to serve. Lastly, he thanked his family and reflected, “I want to say thank you for sacrificing our time together so that I can do this and be so supportive of what I’ve done here for the city that I love.”

Richard Hamann is the longest-tenured elected official to have served the City of Auburndale. Several terms in office is the highest compliment voters give to an elected official, and with those years of experience comes a strengthening of wisdom, discernment, and strong leadership skills that brings tremendous value to the municipal governments of Florida.

Congratulations, Commissioner Richard Hamann, and thank you for your service to the City of Auburndale!