Hi. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, Sean M Parks, YOUR Lake County Commissioner.
I am an Eagle Scout. I volunteer with the Boy Scouts by teaching the Citizenship in Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Environmental Science merit badges. I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Buses N Backpacks and Brown Bags for Seniors (South Lake Community Ministries). I serve as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors for the Lake County Educational Foundation. I serve on the Grant Review Committee for the South Lake Community Foundation. I volunteer and assist the Lake County Rowing Association. I am a past President for the Leesburg Sunrise Rotary Club. I am a member of the Clermont Kiwanis Club.
I was recently elected by County Commissioners from around the State as Chairman of the Florida Counties Foundation (FCF), an organization that promotes advanced leadership training for local elected officials. The FCF also promotes civics courses, intergovernmental coordination, and the dissemination of best practices.
I own and operate a small business. I have a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Engineering Management. My wife Ivy and I have three beautiful children who attend Lake County public schools. We’ve been active serving the Lake County community for 18 years including in our church, the Church at South Lake. I have completed the Leadership Lake program. Last year I was honored to have completed the Leadership Florida program. I am active in the Lake County community, listening and learning from the people I serve. I participate regularly in “ride-alongs” with the Sheriff Department and the Fire Department.
I have helped reduce the tax burden on homeowners – taxes are lower now than when I came into office. I have led innovation in local government and sought to reduce duplication of services.
I see a number of issues stemming from increased growth that we must address. We must make sure that new development is fiscally sustainable and is unique. We must make sure we don’t become “any place America”. We must support our first responders as their workload continues to grow while funding challenges increase. I support community-based policing and increased pay for police officers and firefighters. The firefighter’s role is changing. I see our fire stations becoming more community-oriented providing health screening services and meeting space. Our firefighters will also help the community with disaster preparedness. Lastly, better roads are crucial. We can fund more road projects by allocating all extra penny sales tax revenues to road projects over the next ten years.
Lake County’s slogan is “Real Florida, Real Close”. I participated in developing this new slogan and take great pride in promoting this mantra. I’ve heard concerns from many people in Lake County about how rapidly we are growing. I share their concern. If we are not careful, we could lose our sense of ide