Pittsburgh native Chris Dzadovsky first visited St. Lucie County in 1994, and made our area his permanent home in 2003. His career experience includes being a volunteer firefighter and 25 years as an airline safety professional for US Airways, during which time he became the Communications Director and Legislative Affairs Chair for the Association of Flight Attendants/CWA.
Soon after moving to St. Lucie County, Chris began volunteering in Hibiscus Park by initiating the Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team (NEAT). He was also a Neighborhood Crime Watch captain, and a board member of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society as well as the formerly named AIDS Research & Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast (ARTCTC).
He works diligently as a volunteer with many organizations such as the VanDuzer Foundation to enhance the lives of underserved youth in Fort Pierce, as well as being an active participant in community and law enforcement efforts to reduce gang violence. Chris participates and volunteers on a regular basis in many community activities.
As your St. Lucie County Commissioner, Chris is battle-tested by budgetary concerns during the 2008 recession, hurricanes, unemployment that was at 16.9% in his first year, blue green algae and cyanobacteria health risks, and now the COVID19 pandemic. Chris has fought at every turn to protect and to serve St. Lucie County. He knows how to lead, and St. Lucie County needs strong leadership and significant knowledge of how government works.
Through all of this, he has worked to ensure that the county remained financially solvent, while continuing to provide the important services our residents and visitors expect and deserve. Additionally, Chris has been a leader in securing support for the Economic Development Council and efforts to secure new private business investment, with a strong focus on supporting local business expansion for job creation and a diverse economy for St. Lucie County.
He was a member of the Roundtable of St. Lucie for eight years, where he worked diligently to fund programs that better the lives of children, such as Kids at Hope, Ignite Youth Alliance, Child & Adolescent Health, Youth Leadership St. Lucie, and Restoring the Village.
Chris currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, Vice Chair of the Mosquito Control District, and Chair of the Environmental Control Board. He has been a member of the St. Lucie County Fire District throughout his time in office.
He is also the recent former Chairman of the Tourist Development Council (TDC). Under his leadership, the TDC has provided millions of dollars in grants to the UDT/Seal Museum, Heathcote Botanical Garden, and the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery. Additional TDC successes include two new baseball fields at Lawnwood Stadium, the expansion of CLOVER PARK and the expansion and improvement of the Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Center. As an economic driver in Port St. Lucie the NY Mets are important for area businesses and for the local pride in having a Major League baseball team and Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, a recent investment of Tourism dollars supported and funded a $55 million dollar fan experience improvement as well as a long term agreement with the NY Mets.
Chris's dedication to our environment is like no other. He is a Board member of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program Council, where he fights for a clean and sustainable lagoon system. He is also a member of the Land Acquisition Selection Committee, the Transportation Planning Organization and the Blueway Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the Value Adjustment Board.
Chris received the Outstanding Environmental Services Award from the St. Lucie County Conservation Alliance in 2010, and has served as the President and founding member of the Solar and Energy Loan Fund of St. Lucie County (SELF). In 2012, Chris was awarded the Outstanding Green Elected Official Award by the United States Green Building Council.
Chris holds two degrees: an Associate of Science degree in Business, and an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science, both from Indian River State College (IRSC). He is also a PADI Scuba Instructor and a newly licensed realtor.