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A Tale of Two Perspectives: Nelson and Klepper differ on Sean Wylam's tenure as Apopka Fire Chief

Apopka Fire Department - Fire Station #1
On Wednesday, Apopka Professional Firefighters Association President Alex Klepper and Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson had contrasting opinions on Sean Wylam's time as a fire chief and his career as a firefighter.
Commissioner Nick Nesta (left), Commissioner Alexander Smith (center), and Mayor Bryan nelson (right) at a previous Apopka City Council meeting.
Nesta responds to Smith's email
Commissioner Nick Nesta, who Commissioner Alexander Smith called out in an email last month that accused him of being "degrading, offensive, insulting, rude and disrespectful," responded to Smith in a statement of his own.
Apopka City Hall.
Breaking News: City Council sets millage rate at 4.8399
At its July 17th special meeting, the Apopka City Council voted 5-0 to increase the millage rate to 4.8399 for its FY2024/25 budget.
Fireworks almost guaranteed at Apopka City Council meeting
Because the July 3rd meeting was canceled, the agenda is packed. Oh, and if you missed the July 4th fireworks, there are a couple of unresolved matters from the June 19th meeting that may make up for it in comparable explosiveness.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson shakes the hand of newly appointed Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam in 2019.
Developing Story: Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam announces retirement
Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam has announced he will be stepping down, according to an email he sent to AFD firefighters and staff. Wylam's tumultuous time as Apopka's top firefighter will end October 31st.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it: The Apopka News Week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City—all in one place. It also includes details on the upcoming budget and millage rate vote.
Mr. Smith goes to Apopka: New City Administrator delivers a wakeup call to City Council
Jacob Smith, the new Apopka City Administrator, didn't say much in his first budget workshop cycle, but what he did say cut to the core of the challenges facing the City Council.
Apopka City Hall.
Breaking News: City Council tables millage rate vote until July 17th meeting
The Apopka City Council decided to table its tentative approval of the millage rate for the FY24/25 budget until the July 17th meeting.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it. The Apopka News Week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City... all in one place, including the details of a scathing email Commissioner Alexander Smith sent to Commissioner Nick Nesta.
Apopka's 2024/25 budget workshops must break the cycle of treading water
Apopka is treading water. Its millage rate seems as permanent as the John Land statue in front of City Hall. It only looks to the future for inevitable things like a public safety center or wastewater treatment facilities, and its system almost guarantees this outcome.
The Apopka Youth Council: Making a difference in the community
During the June 19th City Council Meeting, Special Project Manager Stephen Cribb spoke about the remarkable initiatives of the Apopka Youth Council.