City of Zephyrhills "Staff Spotlight"

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Happy Retirement to Kerney Pelfrey!


A Heavy Equipment Operator III in the City’s Public Works Department, Kerney Pelfrey served Zephyrhills citizens for 35 years -- from April 25, 1988 through March 31, 2023.

Pelfrey (pictured holding a plaque) has been described as a loyal, hard-working employee, dutifully serving during hurricanes, storms and other events.

“He’s really been a big asset to the past 35 years,” said Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc. “He’s going to be tough to replace."

Pelfrey was formally recognized during an April 2023 Zephyrhills City Council meeting, receiving a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

City of Zephyrhills Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc earns APWA Award

Photo of Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc holding APWA Award

Congratulations to City of Zephyrhills Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc, who was recently named 2022-2023 APWA (American Public Works Association) Florida West Coast Branch Public Works Director of the Year!

LeBlanc was nominated and recognized by APWA Florida West Coach Branch peers, during a March banquet in Gulfport. (The APWA West Coach branch covers the seven counties of Citurs, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter, and has the largest membership in the state.)

LeBlanc has worked for the City of Zephyrhills for over 34 years (since 1988); the last 10 years have been spent as director of public works.

He joined the City following a four-year active duty stint in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a high-pressure welder working on nuclear ballistic submarines.

LeBlanc’s first post with the City was as a parks maintenance worker. He went on to earn promotions to parks supervisor, parks & facilities manager, public works superintendent, and then director of public works.