Triplett resigns as Sanford mayor to run for Seminole County property appraiser

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UPATE: 1;37 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020: Regardiong mayor’s office vacancy, See Paragraph 3

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett submitted his resignation to the City Clerk’s office this morning. The resignation is effective immediately.

Triplett is resigning in order to challenge Seminole County Property Appraiser David Johnson in the Aug. 18 Republican primary. Under Florida’s “resign to run” law, elected officials must resign their current office to qualify to run for a different office.

According to City Clerk Traci Houchin, section 2.06 of the Sanford Code of Ordinances applies in this situation. That section reads:

Filling vacancies. At the time of a vacancy in the commission occurs, if there is less than six (6) months before the next regular city election, said vacancy in the commission shall be filled by vote of the remaining members of the commission within 30 days after said vacancy shall occur. The person appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term and shall be a qualified commissioner meeting all qualifications under the law. At the time the vacancy occurs, if there is more than six :(6) months before the next regular city election, a special election shall be set no sooner than 60 days and no later than 90 days following the occurrence of the vacancy and no temporary appointment shall be made by the commission.

per Sanford City Clerk Traci Houchin, section 2.06 of the Sanford Code of Ordinances

Because there is less the 6 months before the next scheduled city election (August 18, 2020), the city commission will appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of triplets term, which ends 2022.

Triplett’s resignation letter:

This morning, in accordance with Florida election regulations, I resigned my position as Mayor of the City of Sanford.  This was done in concert with my opening of a campaign account, and qualifying to seek the office of the Property Appraiser of Seminole County.  Serving as Mayor has been one of the proudest achievements of my professional career.  Sanford will always be home for me, and I take comfort knowing the City is in fine hands.  We have a Commission working tirelessly to continue the rebirth of our County seat, and I am excited to watch them continue polishing this diamond!  I have spoken to them, they ARE ready!  We have a staff that is the envy of cities across Florida, each of them, across all pay grades and departments.  It has been an honor to serve with each and every employee at City Hall, the residents are very fortunate to have them.  Finally, when people speak about Sanford they now talk about beautiful old homes, the picturesque lakefront, our Airport and our Downtown revival.  I cannot say “Thank You” enough to all the people that made this possible…as a team.

These are tremendous assets, and make Sanford a great place to live, work, and play.  But more than anything, what makes Sanford and Seminole County special is the beautiful, caring, and diverse people we call neighbors.  The thousands of friendships and memories I have made while serving as Mayor, are something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  I am not leaving Sanford, I just hope to serve her, and the rest of Seminole County, in a different role.

My decision to seek the office of Seminole County Property Appraiser has been many years in the making.  My 30-plus year career in the private sector has allowed me to develop a skill set that I can engage for the benefit of every resident and business person in our wonderful County.  I have spent my entire community banking career working in each of the cities in Seminole County, as well as the unincorporated areas that are so special.  These are unique times, with economic and social uncertainty, that require full time attention.  I want the residents of Seminole County to know that I will always put them first, and fully understand, THEY are our employer.  My opponent is a good man, who I consider a friend.  Our Team is just convinced that his being in the office for over 30 years creates an opportunity, for new energy and ideas.  Over the years I have worked with many of the employees in the Property Appraiser’s office, and I am excited to work with ALL of them to keep residents first!  

This will be a contest based on positive plans for bettering Seminole County for the future, not negative campaign ads.  We have a campaign chair in each of the seven cities, to insure we hear from ALL the residents throughout the county.  Please contact us if you would like to help, we would love to have you on the Team.  My campaign officially begins this morning, please feel free to reach out to me directly, if you have any questions.

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