Chris Dzadovsky first visited St. Lucie County in 1994, and made our area his permanent home in 2003.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native's career experience includes owning his own businesses, being a volunteer firefighter, and 25 years as an airline safety professional for US Airways. While with US Airways, Chris became the Communications Director, Legislative Affairs Chair, and worked for the Association of Flight Attendants/CWA.
Chris holds two degrees: an Associate of Science degree in Business, and an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science, both from Indian River State College (IRSC).
Soon after moving to St. Lucie County permanently, Chris began volunteering with the Fort Pierce Jazz Society, with Hibiscus Park as a Neighborhood Crime Watch captain, and with many other non-profit and neighborhood organizations.
Throughout his nine years in office to date as St. Lucie County Commissioner, Chris has fought through a severe recession and worked to ensure that St. Lucie County remained financially solvent, while continuing to provide the important services our residents and visitors expect and deserve.
Among his appointments as your Commissioner, Chris serves as Chairman of the Tourist Development Council, Vice Chair of the Erosion District, and Chair of the Environmental Control Board.
Additionally, Chris has been a member of the Roundtable of St. Lucie for nine years, where he's worked diligently to support efforts to better the lives of children, fought for funding for programs to reduce gang violence, and advocated for the Kids at Hope initiative (which resulted in St. Lucie County becoming the first "Kids at Hope County" in the nation).
Chris is also in his seventh year as Chair of the Tourist Development Council (TDC). Under his leadership, the TDC has increased its revenue by $1 million, provided more than $700,000 in grants for capital improvements to the National UDT-Navy SEAL Museum, garnered capital improvement grants for Heathcote Botanical Garden's bonsai collection and expansion, and provided a $400,000 capital improvement and expansion grant for the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery.
Other TDC projects of note include grants matching the voter-approved Parks MSTU revenue, which expanded two new baseball fields at John B. Parks Sports Complex (these fields attract college spring training teams each year, for an economic impact of more than $4 million).
Additional sports-related TDC projects under Chris's leadership include the expansion of First Data Field, as well as the extension of the Mets contract, in order to create a better experience for fans while increasing revenue.
Chris worked cooperatively with the Treasure Coast Sports Commission to bring many new events to the region that resulted in an economic impact of more than $19 million. Among those successful initiatives are: the expansion of the National Volleyball League Competition at Club Med, the Firefighter Challenge at IRSC, increased equestrian events at the fairgrounds, cheerleading competitions at the Fenn Center, and a multi-year agreement with the Southern Kingfish Association Pro Championship.
The Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Center benefited from Chris's TDC leadership through matching dollars with State grants to improve and expand its terminal, customs facility and entrance and parking areas, as part its overall marketing plan.
Chris's dedication to a healthy and safe environment is well-known. He is the Secretary of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program Council, where he fights tirelessly for a clean and sustainable lagoon system.
He also serves on the Land Acquisition Selection Committee, which advises the Board of County Commissioners on appropriate land purchases, under the voter-approved preservation and conservation programs. Over 10,000 acres have been purchased through matching grants, totaling a value of over $70 million for St. Lucie County citizens and visitors alike.
As one of four County Commissioners serving as a board member of the Transportation Planning Organization, Chris works in cooperation with representatives of Fort Pierce, Port St Lucie, the St. Lucie County School District and transportation representatives to ensure responsible planning for roads, sidewalks and bike paths throughout the area.
Chris also serves as an alternate member on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the Value Adjustment Board, as well as being a member of the Blueway Advisory Committee.
He has been a board member of the St. Lucie County Fire District throughout his nine years in office, and will serve as the Chair of the Fire District board for 2018.
In addition to his official county committees, Chris leads many volunteer neighborhood clean-up programs. He is a founding member of the Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project (SHIP), which holds the annual Oysterfest event and donates to oyster bed restoration projects. SHIP has also raised funds to bring a future artificial reef for sinking off-shore as a habitat for off-shore fisheries, with an added benefit of increasing fishing and diving tourism to St. Lucie County.
Chris has received the Outstanding Environmental Services Award from the St. Lucie County Conservation Alliance in 2010, as well as the United States Green Building Council Treasure Coast Chapter’s Outstanding Green Elected Official Award in 2012. He has served as the President and founding member of the Solar and Energy Loan Fund of St. Lucie County (SELF).
Boards and Committees
- Environmental Control Board - Chairman
- Tourist Development Council - Chairman
- Indian River Lagoon Council Board of Directors - Chairman
- St. Lucie County Fire District - Chairman
- Blueway Advisory Committee
- Land Acquisition Selection Committee
- Transportation Planning Organization
- Value Adjustment Board (Alternate)
- Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (Alternate)
- County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie & Caloosahatchee Estuaries (Alternate)
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