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Mayor Costa Vatikiotis – Mayor Costa Vatikiotis is a Tarpon Springs native whose family arrived in 1905 with the first Greek sponge fishermen from Aegina, Greece. He’s a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School, Florida State University, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Science, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean as a Surface Warfare Officer. Mayor Vatikiotis completed his 20-year career with the rank of Commander as an Engineering Duty Officer in the Navy’s Research and Development Community. He later was on the Research Staff with the Center for Naval Analyses, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, as a Senior Scientific Analyst. He participated overseas in Desert Storm as a Senior Advisor to the Admiral in charge of the Mine Warfare Command. He met, Darlene (Dolly), his wife of over 40 years while attending the Naval Postgraduate School. Upon her retirement as a U.S. Navy Commander, Costa and Dolly relocated to Tarpon Springs to finish raising their 3 children, and to step back from the hi-tempo of the Washington, D.C. environment. After returning to Tarpon Springs to open a plant nursery in the Keystone area, Mayor Vatikiotis instead became the City’s Building Official, City Engineer, and ultimately City Manager. He left city employment to spend more time with his family and to develop his practice as a professional engineer and an environmental consultant. Costa is now retired professionally but continues serving as your Mayor. Email: cvatikiotis@ctsfl.us

Vice Mayor Craig Lunt – Vice-Mayor Craig Lunt was elected to serve a one-year term on March 15, 2022, and was sworn in on April 12, 2022. He was appointed as Vice-Mayor by his fellow Commissioners in April 2022. He has resided in Tarpon Springs for over 11 years and is a long-time resident of Pinellas County. An avid fisherman and boater, Craig has been married for 45 years and is the proud father of a son and a daughter.  Craig has had a long career in networking and network security and for the last 10 years has focused primarily on cyber and networking security for Florida Schools, County and Local Governments. Craig graduated from Vancouver City College (VCC) in 1976 in Electronics Technology and holds numerous certifications from U.S. networking and security manufacturers. (Commissioner Seat #2)  Email: clunt@ctsfl.us

Commissioner Jacob Karr – Commissioner Jacob Karr was elected to serve a three-year term on March 14, 2017 and was sworn into office on April 4, 2017. He was re-elected for a second three-year term on March 17, 2020, and served as Vice-Mayor from April 2020 to April 2022. He is a lifelong resident of Tarpon Springs where he grew up in the historic district in a 1900 bungalow. He attended local elementary, middle , and high schools in Tarpon Springs and is a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. He attended St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, for his AA degree, following which he obtained a degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida. Both of Commissioner Karr’s parents are small business owners in Tarpon Springs. Commissioner Karr has worked as a financial planning office manager and is currently Procurement Healthcare Manager with over $650 Million in annual spend where he is responsible for contract negotiations and cost savings across multiple categories. Prior to his election as a Commissioner, he served on the Historic Preservation Board and the Planning and Zoning Board. (Commissioner Seat  #1)  Email: jkarr@ctsfl.us

Commissioner Michael Eisner – Commissioner Eisner was elected to serve a three-year term on March 15, 2022, and was sworn in on April 12, 2022. He served on the Board of Adjustments for the previous 7 years. He has been a Tarpon Springs resident since 2013 and has been very active in the community with Rotary, mentoring children in the schools, volunteering for the merchants’ association, and helping whenever able. He was originally from the Bronx, NY and studied at Herbert H. Lehman College while teaching English at Taft High School, Bronx, NY.  At age 21, he was the youngest National Sales Manager of Emerson Radio. For 10 years he worked for Xerox, then became the Branch Manager of Rentokil, a pest control company.  He and his wife were married in 2005 and lost their home on Long Island in hurricane Sandy in 2012.  He retired in 2014 after being an emergency service expert following hurricanes Irene and Sandy in NY. He is a flood restoration and mold remediation specialist and for over 30 years remodeled flooded kitchens and baths. He was a home improvement contractor and a flooring expert. He is the father of 2 grown children and recently became a grandpa of a beautiful baby girl.  As Commissioner, he promised to listen to the residents and to instill honesty and common sense in all his decision making. (Commissioner Seat #3) Email: meisner@ctsfl.us

Commissioner Panagiotis (Peter) Koulias – Commissioner Koulias was elected to serve a three-year term on March 15, 2022 and was sworn in on April 12, 2022. (Commissioner Seat #4).  Commissioner Panagiotis (Peter) Koulias is proud to be a native son, born and raised in Tarpon Springs.  His campaign reinvigorated the pride of the residents, who grew up in Tarpon Springs.  His grandparents immigrated to Tarpon Springs from Greece in 1971 to provide a better opportunity for his mother and her siblings.  His grandparents’ house is in the historic Greek Town Sponge Docks neighborhood.  His father immigrated to America in the 1970s, and both of his parents are from the island of Kalymnos, Greece.  As a Greek American, second-generation Tarponite, Panagiotis feels blessed to have grown up in a city intertwined with history and Greek culture.  He is a proud member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  As a youth, Panagiotis played Junior Sponger Football and High School Football all four years. He attended Sunset Hills Elementary School, Tarpon Springs Middle School, and is 2005 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.  He then attended the University of South Florida, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 2010.  Panagiotis has been a local business owner for many years.  After college, he opened a staffing and temporary employment agency, in addition to a payroll and workmen’s compensation brokerage.  His focus as Commissioner is to protect the Tarpon Springs way of life for current and future generations and to preserve small town charm.  He is thankful to be able to give back and serve the community he grew up in and loves. Email:  pkoulias@ctsfl.us