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District 4 - Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch

Stephen R. Deutsch

General Skills:

Excellent organizational skills. Innovative approaches to problem solving. Effective in development and implementation of new ideas, programs, and concepts. People orientated, support for team concept, effective management, administration, and program development. Facilitates people working cooperatively.

Education:
  • B.S., Economics and Business Administration. Education Minor, Wagner College, New York, New York, 1965
  • M. Ed., Community Leadership and Development (Planning and Community Organization) Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1969
  • M.A., Counseling and Guidance, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, 1972
  • Certified County Commissioner, 2012
  • Advanced Certified County Commissioner, Florida Association of Counties, 2014
  • Graduate Metropolitan Planning Organization Institute, 2015
Current Committees:
  • West Coast Inland Navigation District, 1st Alternate
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Airport Authority
  • Charlotte County Veterans Council
  • Historical Advisory Committee
  • Industrial Development Authority
  • Murdock Village Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee
  • Beaches and Shores Advisory Committee
  • Marine Advisory Committee
  • Alternate member, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Alternate member, Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Alternate member, Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board
  • Alternate member, RESTORE/Gulf Consortium
  • Alternate member, Finance Committee
  • Alternate member, Value Adjustment Board
  • Alternate member, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Alternate member, Parkside Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee

Professional Experience:

1988-2004 - President & CEO, SRD Inc., and SRD Realty, Warwick, Rhode Island
Owner of Real Estate Development and Housing Management Company. Complete responsibility for operation, staff development, marketing, sales, and management. Recognized by State Association of Realtors. Listed in “Who’s Who”

1984-1988 - Director of Special Projects, Ferland Corporation, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Responsible for property acquisition and development, program development, real estate assessment and review, public relations, and marketing consultation.

1975-1984 - Town Planner and Executive Director, Housing Authority, Town of East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Developed and directed first Community Development Program. Complete administrative responsibility for agency operation with a budget of over one million dollars. Instituted all Housing Authority programs. Established and managed Community’s first Elderly Housing Facility. Responsibility for all staff development, training, and supervision

1975-1988 - Director, East Greenwich Adult Education Program, Greenwich, Rhode Island
Established and directed the East Greenwich Adult Education Program, and High School Equivalency Program (GED)

1973-1974 - Executive Director, Council of Human Services, Fall River, Massachusetts
Instituted first community-wide coordinative agency for health and human services in Greater Fall River area. Directed city-wide agency and implemented new programs.

1971-1973 - Consultant In Training, Program, Staff Development, and Evaluation, Curriculum Research and Development Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
Consultant to over a dozen Rhode Island School Systems. Evaluated career development programs and trained faculty staff members. Directed state-wide drug education program. Instructed graduate courses in Social Issues in Urban Education. Educational Psychology and Inter-group Relations. Directed staff development and training for state-wide drug education program.

1969-1971 - Supervisor of Planning, Providence Model Cities, Providence, Rhode Island
Responsible for research and development of all social programs, including economic development, health, education, and job training. Established public relations, community development and staff training and evaluation components.

1968-1969 - Youth Director, Providence Central YMCA, Providence, Rhode Island
Certified YMCA Director. Responsible for entire Youth Program, Day Camp, and Pre-School Programs

1965-1968 - Youth Director, Ridgewood YMCA, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Complete responsibility for Youth Program, including club program with 700 youngsters and 200 volunteers. High School program with 800 teens and an Outstanding Youth and Government Program. Received National Recognition as Youth Director.

Part-Time Positions:
  • Counselor, Director of Christian Education at three different Churches.
  • Consultant for Staff Development and Training, Instructor at Roger Williams University, University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.
  • Instructor, Rhode Island Association of Realtors Institute, and National Center of Housing Management.
  • Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee Candidate Training Director State of Rhode Island Drug Education Program
Military:
  • United States Coast Guard (1957-1963) – Honorable Discharge
Activities:
  • 2012-Present Member, Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • 2016-2017 Chairman, Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • 2016-2017 Chairman, West Coast Inland Navigation District
  • 2014 Re-Elected to Charlotte County Commission
  • 2014-2017 Vietnam Wall Committee
  • 2013-Present American Legion Post #110
  • 2012-Present Cultural Center
  • 2012-Present Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011, 2012 Elected Vice-Chair of Charlotte County Commission
  • 2010-Present Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010 Elected, Charlotte County Commission
  • 2009-Present Curmudgeon Club
  • 2009-Present Northwest Port Charlotte Community League
  • 2007-Present Sarasota/Charlotte, Friendship Volunteer Center, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2006-Present Franz Ross YMCA Annual Support Campaign, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2005-Present Franz Ross YMCA Advisory Board, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2005-Present Volunteer Port Charlotte Homeless Center, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2005-Present Charlotte County Senior Games, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2004-Present Usher, Greeter, Men’s Bible Study, Murdock Baptist Church, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 1998-2004 Usher, Greeter, Men’s Group Coordinator, Stony Lane Baptist Church, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
  • 1991-1993 Board of Trustees, First Baptist Church, E. Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • 1990 Endorsed Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Rhode Island
  • 1984-1990 Member, Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Rhode Island
  • 1988 Chairman, Board of Directors, Leadership Warwick Program, Rhode Island
  • 1986 Re-Elected, Rhode Island State Senate
  • 1986-1989 Member, Board of Directors, Warwick Museum, Rhode Island
  • 1985-1991 Deacon, First Baptist Church, East Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • 1985-1988 Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Warwick Program, Rhode Island
  • 1984-1987 Member, Board of Directors, Kent County YMCA, Rhode Island
  • 1982-1985 Chairman, Community Heart Fund Drive, Rhode Island
  • 1985-1984 Elected Deputy Minority Leader, Rhode Island
  • 1984 Graduate, Leadership Warwick Program, Rhode Island
  • 1984 Re-Elected, Rhode Island State Senate
  • 1983 Elected Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Rhode Island
  • 1983 Elected Rhode Island State Senate
  • 1982 Elected, Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Rhode Island
  • 1982 Re-Elected, Rhode Island State Representatives
  • 1980 Secretary, Joint Legislative Commission on Interns, Rhode Island
  • 1980 Elected, Rhode Island State Representative
  • 1978 Elected, East Greenwich Town Council, Rhode Island
  • 1968 YMCA Youth Service Award, Rhode Island
Awards:
  • 2014 Florida Weekly - Named Leader of Distinction
  • 2014 (Florida Association of Counties) Advanced County Commissioner
  • 2012 (Florida Association of Counties) Certified County Commissioner
  • 2007-2009 Sarasota/Charlotte Friendship Volunteer Center, Florida
  • 2006-Present Charlotte County Senior Games, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2005-2009 YMCA Annual Support Campaign, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2005-2009 Sarasota/Charlotte County Senior Games, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 1989-2004 Million Dollar Sales Award Kent County Board of Realtors, Rhode Island
  • 1990-2000 Listed in “Who’s Who in Rhode Island”
  • 1982-1998 Listed in “Who’s Who in American Society”
  • 1982-1998 Listed in “Who’s Who in the East”
  • 1982-1994 Listed in “Who’s Who in American Politics”
  • 1997 Listed in “Who’s Who in America”
  • 1990 Listed in “100 Successful Rhode Islanders” 1990 Edition
  • 1987 Rhode Island Humanitarian and Social Action Award
  • 1986 Outstanding Rhode Island Adult Educator Award
  • 1986 Alumni Achievement Award, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
  • 1978 Vietnam Era Veterans Association Service and Leadership Award
  • 1968 YMCA Youth Service Award, New Jersey
Memberships:
  • Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte, Flordia
  • Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
  • Murdock Baptist Church, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • National Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Charlotte County YMCA Board of Directors, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • American Legion, Rhode Island
  • American Institute of Planners, Rhode Island
  • Certified Housing Manager (CHM) Washington, D.C.
  • Adult Education Association, Rhode Island
  • Public Housing Manager (PHM) Washington, D.C.
  • Registered Apartment Manager (RAM), Rhode Island
  • East Greenwich Firemen Association, Rhode Island
  • Housing Directors Association, Rhode Island
  • Adult Education Directors Association, Rhode Island
  • Kent Washington County Board of Realtors, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Association of Realtors
  • Alumni Association, University of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Commodores
  • Alumni Association Wagner College, New York, N.Y.
  • Kentish Guards Militia, Rhode Island
  • East Greenwich Yacht Club, Rhode Island
  • League of Women Voters, Rhode Island
  • Alumni Association Springfield College, Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island Planning Association
  • East Greenwich Preservation Society, Rhode Island
  • Alumni Association, DeWitt Clinton High School, New York, New York
  • Animal Protection League, Rhode Island and Florida
  • Alumni Association, Leadership Rhode Island
  • Kent County YMCA, Former Youth Committee and Board Member, Rhode Island
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – Rhode Island
  • Licensed General Contractor – Rhode Island
  • National Association of Realtors, Rhode Island
  • Retired Legislators Association, Rhode Island

Email Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch at: StephenR.Deutsch@CharlotteCountyFL.gov or email his assistant: Assistant@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

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