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The Florida League of Cities recently recognized John Titkanich, Jr., AICP, ICMA-CM, City Manager for the City of Cocoa, with a 2019 Home Rule Hero Award. This is the third straight year that Titkanich has received the Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities for his efforts to support and advocate for Home Rule in our community. Titkanich earned this year’s prestigious award for his tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda during the 2019 legislative session.
“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “These are some of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and they’re shining examples of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each and every one of them and thank them for their service.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
Titkanich has served the citizens of Cocoa in several roles for more than 17 years, including Community Services Director and most recently, City Manager for the last six years. He has been a strong advocate of Home Rule to protect the rights of local municipalities to make local decisions for their own community.
“Cocoa’s Elected Officials should retain to the right to make decisions for their community based on what is right for our citizens. What’s right for the citizens of Cocoa, may not be what is right for other communities across the State. This is why it is important that we continue to advocate for Home Rule,” said City Manager, John Titkanich, Jr.