Richard Anderson serves as the City of Apopka’s Chief Administrative Officer, where he is responsible for managing the entirety of Apopka’s operations. Anderson began his career with the City of Apopka in 1974 as a member of the City's Fire Department. As a graduate of the first class of certified Paramedics in Orange County, Anderson quickly established his reputation as a leader.
In his current role, Anderson’s forward-thinking and entrepreneurial approach to governmental services has allowed the City to provide an enviable host of services and facilities to its residents and business community. The second largest city in Orange County (both in population and land area), Apopka has consistently maintained the lowest ad valorem tax rate as compared to all other full-service cities within Orange County, while upholding a high standard for quality of life in Apopka.
Anderson believes that partnerships prove to be the best way to leverage tax-payer resources. Under Anderson’s leadership, Apopka now provides public safety dispatching services for the Cities of Maitland, Eatonville, and Ocoee. He also negotiated an inter-local agreement with Orange County to establish the City of Apopka as the exclusive public provider of water and sewer services for almost all of northwest Orange County.
Apopka's partnership with UCF reflects one element of Anderson’s commitment to economic development within the City. Anderson regularly works with the Metro-Orlando EDC to ensure Apopka is strategically positioned to capture economic development opportunities. He holds an active role in the planning of the Wekiva Parkway, which will position Apopka as the single interchange between the existing SR 429 and Interstate 4. Anderson also recently supervised the acquisition of the runway and operational facilities at the Orlando-Apopka Airport with an ultimate goal of developing the site into a hub for the commercial shipping industry.
Anderson serves as a member of the UCFBIP Advisory Board, where he serves as the City’s representative. He also serves on the Safety and Security Advisory Board for Orlando International Airport. In the past, Anderson served on the Apopka Community Bank Board, the State EMS Advisory Board, as well as the Orange County EMIS Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Central Florida Fire Chief’s Association and the Foliage Sertoma Club.
Throughout his 39-year career serving Apopka, Anderson has been the recipient of numerous community service awards, including the Boy Scouts Golden Eagle Award. The award is a distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America that is presented for distinguished service in the community for a period of 25 years. Just recently, Anderson was awarded the Tri County League of Cities Executive of the Year Award.