MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Carmen Capezzuto, 35
Carmen Capezzuto has worked for city of Port St. Lucie since 2001, serving as a project manager, emergency management coordinator and project coordinator.
He recently took on a new role as director of the newly named Neighborhood Services Department.
Despite its new name and new director, the department isn’t all that new. It simply streamlines city business.
“It pulls like services together,” said Capezzuto, who lives in west Port St. Lucie with his wife Danielle and son Noah.
The department is the umbrella for a list of community services, including Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement, Grants and Grant Administration, Affordable Housing Programs and Social Services, Neighborhood Planning, Solid Waste (administration), Keep PSL Beautiful, and City University.
Capezzuto, 35, is enjoying his new leadership role and loves his work with the city. For him, it’s more than just helping the community he enjoys. He also said he likes helping members of his staff grow as professionals.
“I can’t do it all,” he said. “I don’t expect to, so I want everyone in the job loving what they do and excelling at what they do.”
For Capezzuto, working for the city has become so much more than a job. For him, it means family.
In his new role, he will streamline services and look at ways to collect data and measure the effectiveness of the department.
“This role allows me to assess, evaluate, review and improve all aspects of the expanded department,” Capezzuto said. “My tenure with the organization affords me with the ability to hear all concerns, collaborate with the team and do the right thing.”
Capezzuto said he is still in the process of defining strengths and weaknesses, but his goals involve standardizing procedures and looking at the effectiveness of the departments.
“We deal with so many issues that standardizing our processes and procedures will allow us to become more efficient and responsive to citizen concerns,” he said.
And it’s in those ways that he feels he can make a difference.
“Working for the city allows me to feel like I make a difference every day,” he said. “It could be a positive difference for one resident or dozens of residents. I just enjoy the volume of work and helping work get done.”
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
Favorite movie would be a tie between “Dumb & Dumber” and “The Rock.” Depends on my mood. I read mostly non-fiction books and would highly recommend “Leadership on the Line” by Marty Linsky.
What super power would you want to have, and why?
I would like to be able to fly because I don’t like getting on airplanes.
What is your favorite sound?
Silence … or light nature sounds.
What is your least favorite sound?
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Always be humble and act like you’ve been there before.
What event in history would you like to have witnessed?
The 1964 Cleveland Browns NFL Championship
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Golfing in Ohio on summer vacation and my hole-in-one in 1994.
Who is your hero or someone who inspires you?
Both my father and grandfather inspire me because they were able to provide for their families, which helped stabilize things at home. Family is so important; it’s everything!
What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I earned a black belt in tae kwon do (American Kang Duk Won Association) as a teenager but gave it up to focus on other sports in high school such as soccer and golf. The discipline and determination skills learned as a martial arts student remain with me to this day.
What are your hobbies?
I love to golf, hike and stay active outside.
What would you do it you were invisible for a day?
Play a round of golf (or two) at Augusta National Golf Club (The Masters).
If you were alone on a desert island, what three things could you not live without?
A pillow, a blanket and drinking water