Prior to becomming Maitland Mayor on April 12, 2021, John served as vice-chair of Maitland’s Charter Review Commission. He held a seat on the City Council for six years. He also served on the Maitland Planning and Zoning Commission, the Maitland Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Maitland Electric Power Advisory Board. He helped to establish the Dommerich Foundation Fund, which raises money for public school improvements.
John was born and raised in Central Florida, attending Winter Park Junior High School and graduating from Edgewater High School. After earning degrees at both Florida State University (B.A.) and the University of Florida (M.A.), John went on to get his law degree at American University’s Washington College of Law. Pursuing a career in federal Indian law, John spent several years with firms in D.C., Portland, and Anchorage, gaining experience in the areas of government contracts, environmental issues, health care, employment law, and tribal governance.
When John and his wife, Julie, settled in Maitland to raise their family, John joined the Orange County Attorney’s office, working in land use, construction, utilities, and local government law. Currently, John serves as in-house counsel to a hospital and environmental healthcare corporation.