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David J. Garofalo Sr.

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North Port City Commissioner

Phone: (941) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.com
City of North Port
4790 City Hall Boulevard
North Port , Florida 34286
United States


Employment History

  • Director of Public Policy
    Denise Amber Lee Foundation
  • North Port City Commissioner and Member
    Denise Amber Lee Foundation
  • Chairman
    Metropolitan Planning Organization for Sarasota/Manatee Counties Florida
  • Paramedic
    Pasco County
  • Firefighter
    Pasco County
  • Fire Captain
    Pasco County
  • Captain
    Pasco County Fire Rescue
  • Driver Engineer
    Pasco County Fire Rescue
  • Captain and Paramedic
    Pasco County Fire Rescue
  • Fire Captain
  • Commissioner

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Chamberlain High School
  • Hillsborough Fire Academy
76 Total References
Web References
Denise Amber Lee Foundation Board of Directors, 11 June 2014 [cached]
David J. Garofalo Sr., City Commissioner/Fire Captain
David brings a unique perspective and passion to the Foundation as a former City Commissioner of North Port, Florida, where Denise was murdered. He also has been on the front lines of public safety for 16 years as a Florida State Certified Fire Fighter serving as Fire Captain and Paramedic for the Pasco County, Florida Fire Department. David's commitment to public service is further demonstrated in his current position as Chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Sarasota/Manatee Counties Florida, board member for the Tourist Development Council as well as the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.
As a member of the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Board of the National League of Cities, David intends to be a national voice for the foundation and their mission of promoting standardized training and certification for all 9-1-1 telecommunicators. Garofalo adds, "I can't think of a more important cause to be part of than assuring that all persons in that first link of the Chain of Survival are properly trained and certified and that sufficient funding is provided for this purpose.
David Garofalo, ..., 21 June 2011 [cached]
David Garofalo, Sr. Director of Public Policy
"Anything in that direction is a ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
"Anything in that direction is a great idea," said David Garofalo, a North Port city commissioner and member of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation.
Vote For David Garofalo, 28 Oct 2007 [cached]
North Port is about to elect either Jim Blucher or David Garofalo as Seat 4 city commissioner.
Garofalo, a 30-year-old Pasco County fire captain, has experience in managing government staff.He also has boundless energy and a highly creative mind.
We are convinced Garofalo has the ability and temperament to shake things up.Some critics of commission decisions say that is essential.
While Blucher's demeanor is as smooth as polished platinum.Garofalo has a more aggressive, determined personality.He says he can get along with anyone, but we doubt he would ever become part of a commission clique because he seems to be, by nature, an independent thinker.
We doubt veteran commissioners could push Garofalo aside or neutralize him.He would insist on being heard on all issues, and he tends to talk at length.As a commissioner, Garofalo would be a force to be reckoned with.
If some staff member failed to perform at an acceptable level, or a department head seemed to be hoodwinking commissioners, we feel Garofalo would be first to speak up and insist City Manager Steve Crowell solve the problem.
Garofalo has answered critics who suggest his distant Pasco County job would interfere with his duties.He points out he is permitted to set his own work schedule, and can trade days off with a long list of other fire captains who do not want to work on weekends.
While we are impressed with Blucher's polished skills, problem-solving ability, and knowledge, we like Garofalo 's great energy and the added dimension and diversity he would bring to the City Commission.
Nothing he has done or said has changed our minds.So, as in the primary, we are again recommending David Garofalo for City Commission Seat 4.
I am a public servant of this community for the past 16 years, and I stand up for David Garofalo.I am 50 years old and I support David 100 percent.
I am so tired of the Jim Blucher supporters using David's work as a negative.He can and will do the best job for the city of North Port.He absolutely has North Port in mind 24/7.He has to work in order to live in North Port.
David is an intelligent, progressive, family oriented candidate and he is exactly what North Port needs.He looks at the issues with the future of North Port in mind at all times.He will be here in the future and has a vested interested.David is very fair minded and is always willing to listen to all parties involved before coming up with a final decision.He is a leader and has documented leadership skills.
David is a captain of the Pasco firefighters, not just a firefighter.He has proven leadership and he has the support of his local union.We need diversity on the City Commission.We already have four commissioners retired.It is time for a working commissioner, my vote goes to David Garofalo, and I urge my fellow public servants to vote the same.
Don't see this waste from David Garofalo's campaign office -- perhaps because he's watching his funds as carefully as he will our tax dollars?
David Garofalo, Blucher's opponent, is a member of the San Pedro Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society and devotes much of his spare time to these groups.
Garofalo's community service experience started when he was 19 years old when he began to volunteer at Lutz Volunteer Fire Department.
"It was always a dream of mine to become a firefighter and to help people, and I will never forget my first day of volunteering" said Garofalo, 30.
After volunteering for a few years Garofalo was hired where he now is employed full time at Pasco County Fire Rescue.
" I continued volunteering for a couple of years after I was hired because I felt I still wanted to give back to the community I lived in" Garofalo adds.When he stopped volunteering at Lutz, Garofalo joined the Krewe of St. Florian in Tampa.
Garofalo has my vote in November.
I don't understand the hubbub about Garofalo working a job and sitting as a commissioner.Didn't Joe Fink work as a teacher?
If we want change, we need Garofalo
I am upset and appalled by the Blucher backers who discredit a fine young man like Captain David Garofalo, an excellent example to young and elder.David did receive the endorsement from the Sunas well as the AFFCME local 3432, City of North Port Union Workers.
David has taken the first step that many more young people in North Port will be taking, and that is to serve their city and government.If you want change, you must vote for David Garofalo.He has a vision and he is the best candidate for North Port City Commission Seat 4.He is a family man and a great neighbor!
He may work outside of North Port, but so do hundreds of other young people unable to find high-paying jobs in North Port.
We need change North Port; we need David Garofalo!
Nine reasons to vote for David Garofalo
Sadly, the candidate this family supported in the City Commission races did not win.We have thought long and hard about whom we would support leading up to election day on Nov. 7.
For the reasons listed below, this North Port Family will support David Garofalo:
* He has a youthful exuberance, vision, and hope.
* He gets his family values from his young family.
* He has expressed real concerns for our treeless environment in North Port.
* He is an experienced public servant in a different and significant manner.His knowledge of the firefighter/paramedic profession may go far to helping North Port get the hospital it needs and deserves and he will work well with city employees.
* He is a known nonsmoker and non-drinker; a healthy individual who will remain so because of his dedication to his family.
* He has technical intelligence; the computer skills needed in the 21st century.
* He can multi-task and delegate.
* He has an understanding that North Port needs to start considering and meeting the needs of young families and the children and young people who call North Port home.
* He is not supported by builders and contractors; he is supported by home owners and families.
David Garofalo, Blucher's opponent, said the city's greatest challenge was to make those at the state level, who initially refused North Port's hospital request, to realize the reality of the city's situation.He said the next step was to hire a representative with ties to the city.
"We need to get representation at the state level," said Garofalo, 30.
David Garofalo, 30, Blucher's adversary, has also experienced health issues that required his family to leave North Port for care.Specifically, the recent birth of his five week-old son, David, Jr., for which the Garofalo's had to travel to Sarasota Memorial.
Garofalo said a hospital is key and that special services will "trickle down" from there.
"It's so important to have rehab centers, nursing homes and clinics, and a hospital is an anchor for that, just like a Publix is an anchor for a barbershop," Garofalo said."These services will be offered if we just get an anchor."
Garofalo compared North Port to other cities where hospitals cause services, such as rehabilitation facilities, to spring up across the street.
"Put everything together and it just makes sense," he said.
David Garofalo, 30, is running against Blucher.
Garofalo, who is a captain paramedic with Pasco County Fire Rescue, moved here with his wife and "fell in love" with the city but wants to make it better.
In addition to extending the Myakkahatchee Creek corridor all the way to Greenwood Avenue, Garofalo said several drainage areas no longer in use could easily be converted to linear parks.
"They're almost set up already and most of the work is already done," he said.
He also said he knows how to tap into existing resources, including Manatee Community College, where his wife dawn is a nursing professor.
"What a resource that is for North Port!"he said. (MCC) nursing students go volunteer at the Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota, but we
E9-1-1 Institute, 15 May 2012 [cached]
David J. Garofalo E9-1-1 Institute
E9-1-1 Institute
David J. Garofalo Fire Captain Paramedic/ City Commissioner,
David J Garofalo Sr. is currently a Captain/Paramedic with Pasco County Fire Rescue and lives in North Port, Florida where he is an elected City Commissioner. David has been a certified Firefighter with the State of Florida for nearly 16 years. David was elected to the North Port City Commission in 2008. David is married to Dawn Elizabeth a Nurse Practitioner and they have 2 beautiful children David Jr. (5) and Theresa Elizabeth (1).
David is currently the Chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Sarasota/Manatee County Florida. David also serves on the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Board for the National League of Cities is board member for the Tourist Development Council as well as Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) David also serves as a Board Member for the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, which is a Non-Profit group founded after the senseless murder of Denise Amber Lee in 2008.
David was born in Hackensack New Jersey and grew up in Warwick, New York before moving to Tampa, Florida in 1990. David has dedicated his entire adult life to Public Safety and would like to continue serving in a capacity that supports the NG9-1-1 Caucus and assist it in promoting public education on 911 and Emergency Communications issues.
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