Mayor and Commission 2009
The Town of Palm Beach Shores is governed by five commissioners.
This group of five includes the town mayor. All are elected.
Mayor John Workman
John Workman is a lifelong resident of Singer Island, and a fourteen year resident of the Town of Palm Beach Shores. John has many wonderful childhood memories of Singer Island -- countless hours of fun spent enjoying the beach, weekly lunches with family at the Sailfish Marina, and fishing on the inlet.
John's late grandfather, Cosby Crews, served as mayor for the City of South Bay, a small Florida community on the south end of Lake Okeechobee. Mayor Crews (aka Papa) was John’s inspiration to delve into the political world. By the time John had campaigned and been elected as class president and later as president of his high school student body, he was hooked. At the age of 19, John became the youngest candidate for elected office in Palm Beach County when he ran for commissioner for the Town of Palm Beach Shores. During that race, there were five candidates running for two commission seats. John enjoyed the thrills of a door-to-door campaign and received prime time news coverage because of his young age, but in the end, he was not able to secure enough votes.
During John's college days at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and for a year following graduation, he proudly served his country working for the United States Secret Service assisting with financial crimes investigations and advances for the President and Vice President of the United States. In 2001, John accepted an offer to return to Palm Beach Atlantic University to serve as the assistant director of development where he was involved with the cultivation and solicitation of major donor prospects; served as project leader for a major grantee, The Retirement Research Foundation, which included hosting feasibility studies that specified the eldercare needs of Palm Beach County; and served as an official liaison to local, state and federal governments. In 2004, John's high school, Jupiter Christian School, suffered extensive damage to its campus as a result of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Shortly thereafter, John accepted an offer to serve his alma mater as an administrator and director of development. In this role, John oversees the school's $25 million capital campaign, focused on the rebuilding of the destroyed education center and campus-wide redevelopment. In addition to this responsibility, John oversees government relations, media relations, and community relations on behalf of the school.
At the age of 26, John ran a second time for a seat on the Town Commission of Palm Beach Shores. This time, he successfully defeated two sitting incumbents, receiving 45% of the vote in a three-way race. John served as vice mayor from 2007 until 2008. In March of 2009, John became the fourteenth mayor for the Town, providing leadership and oversight for the Town’s day-to-day operations.
John has served on the boards of the Singer Island Civic Association and the Palm Beach Republican Club. He has also served as a member of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee, and as chairman for a number of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' federal grant review panels in Washington, DC. John is a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens.
Roby DeReuil - Vice Mayor
Bio to be posted soon.
Lisa Tropepe - Commissioner
Lisa Tropepe was born in Brooklyn, New York. She moved with her family to Broward County in 1978 until her ultimate move to Palm Beach Shores in August, 1997. Lisa received two Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Miami in 1987 and became a Licensed Civil Engineer in Florida in 1992.
In 2001, Lisa became a partner in the firm now known as Engenuity Group, Inc., located in West Palm Beach. Also in 2001, the firm, with Lisa as the lead, became one of three consulting firms for the town of Palm Beach Shores. She is credited for designing the road narrowing and sidewalk improvements around the town's perimeter right-of-way.
Lisa became a Commissioner in October of 2003 and has added a more technical perspective to the Commission over the years.
Her loves include her husband, Dan Shalloway, and her adopted daughter Gina Elizabeth. She enjoys yoga, line dancing and of course, walking on the parkway in "The Best Little Town in Florida".
Alan Fiers - Commissioner
Biographic information and Vision for the Town
Alan was born in Newark Ohio in 1939. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1961 where he played football for the legendary Woody Hayes. He served on active duty in the Marine Corps and remained a reserve officer achieving rank of Lt Col. After completing a Masters Degree at Indiana University, Alan served with Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency with various overseas posting in the Middle East.
After retiring from the CIA, Alan became President and General Manager of MEGTEC Systems, a multinational (American, French, Swedish and Chinese) industrial machinery manufacturing company. He retired from MEGTEC in 2003 and moved to his family's home in Palm Beach Shores.
He is widowed and has two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Although Alan grew up in the North, his family has been in south Florida since 1912. His father was a graduate of old Palm Beach High School and his grandfather was Mayor of Lake Park in the mid 1940s. His family has owned property, lived or vacationed in Palm Beach Shores since 1951.
Alan wants to preserve and enhance the town's unique and historic qualities of an attractive, family-oriented residential Town with upscale facilities for seasonal visitors.
Myra Koutzen - Commissioner
Myra Koutzen has been vacationing in Palm Beach Shores since the 1980s and became a resident in 2004. She owns an apartment in Mayan Towers South where she serves on the Board as Treasurer. She is also the current President of the Palm Beach Shores Property Owners Assn.
Myra has a BA in Theater Management from Binghamton University and an MBA from Fordham University in Marketing and Finance.
In her business career, Myra traveled the world as a lighting designer, stage manager and dance company manager while in her 20s. She later changed fields and worked her way up the corporate ladder in areas such as sports marketing, product management and new product development.
Myra plans to use her management and financial analysis skills to benefit the town, its employees and residents.