Meet Your Representatives
The City’s governing body is composed of a five-member elected Commission, including a citywide elected Mayor and four Commissioners elected by district. The City Commission is governed by the City Charter and by State and local laws and regulations. The City Commission is responsible for the establishment and adoption of policy. The execution of such policy is delegated by the Commission to their appointed City Manager.
The City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney serve at the pleasure of the City Commission.
Art Woodruff was born and raised in Sanford as a sixth generation Sanfordite. After graduating from Seminole High School in 1980, he attended the University of North Carolina and returned to Sanford where he started teaching in Seminole County Public Schools. After fourteen years at Seminole High School as a science teacher and yearbook adviser, he transferred to Oviedo High School where he currently teaches science and computer science.
Art and his wife Patti have been married since 1995 and have two children, Daniel and Rachel. Patti is a health care coordinator for Kindred at Home.
First elected as the District 1 Commissioner in 2001, he served through 2010. After one term off, he was again elected in November 2014. In July 2020 he was appointed Mayor, following the resignation of Mayor Jeff Triplett.
Mayor Woodruff serves on the boards of the Community Improvement Association of Seminole County, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Run for God, and has been instrumental in the restoration of Historic Hopper Academy. He also serves as a leader in Boy Scout Troop 787.
Art looks forward to building on the many positive improvements that have taken place while he has served on the City Commission, and continuing to make Sanford a place where we want to live, work, and play.
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Commissioner, District 1
Sheena Rena Britton is a 4th generation Sanfordite. She was born in historic downtown Sanford and has lived here for 40 years. Her family has resided in Sanford since the 1800s.
Sheena was appointed as Commissioner over District 1 in 2020, after Art Woodruff took the vacant seat of Mayor when Jeff Triplett resigned, making her the 1st African American commissioner in District 1 since Sanford was established in 1877. After earning the Commissioner’s seat, Sheena did what she had always encouraged others to do, start a new company! Sheena serves Central Florida by creating special moments and spaces for those who have a desire for something unique and authentic to their personality.
As Commissioner of District 1 she prides her self with having porch meetings with residents weekly. She has started “FRONT YARD FRIDAYS with Sheena R Britton, City of Sanford – Commissioner District 1.” Rediscovering the social front yard. A way to connect with residents and still socially distance. A little different from monthly community meetings held at a City of Sanford owned facility. FYF is a relaxed setting in which to speak with your representative and have open conversation with your neighbors about what’s concerning your specific area.
When not busy with her family or serving in her governmental role, Sheena gives back to her community by sitting on the Sanford Museum Board, Seminole County Community Block Grant Advisory Board. She is a member of The NAACP, Sanford Historic Trust Board, Sanford CashMob and participates in the City of Sanford Adopt a Park Program where she and her family clean Red Barber Park. She is also an active member of the Ladies 327 that supports a wide variety of nonprofits inside of Sanford.
Sheena truly is Sanford’s biggest fan and is the very definition of the “ live, work, play motto”.
If you ask Commissioner Britton to describe Sanford, She will simply state “It’s my Home, I am proud and in support of it”.
Commissioner, District 2
Born and raised in Sanford, Florida, Kerry Wiggins is a devoted husband, father, mentor and minister. He is a product of Seminole County Public Schools, a graduate of Seminole High School and a life-long resident of Sanford. He has been married to Adrienne Harden Wiggins for twenty-one years. They have been blessed with four children, Kerrena (Josh), Kerry Jr., Kaylan and Kyra and beautiful granddaughter, Jaylan.
Kerry looks forward to moving onward and upward in partnership with his fellow citizens of Sanford to reinforce positive community involvement and support.
Commissioner, District 3
For three generations Patrick Austin’s family has been actively involved in this city we love. His son, Parker, graduated from Seminole High School (SHS) in 2015, and his daughter, Sawyer, will graduate from SHS in 2017.
Mr. Austin is a proud graduate of SHS and a 23-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He has volunteered for three decades at SHS and spent the last 13 years as the Booster Club President. Mentoring young men and women, raising money for the academic, arts and athletic programs, and serving our community are his greatest passions.
Additionally, Mr. Austin has led fund raisers for families in our community who have struggled to pay for medical and funeral expenses, as well as those who have lost everything in fires and storms.
Mr. Austin is a leader and a problem solver. His combined years of service for our community and in law enforcement have given him a broad view of our community.
“By serving the citizens of my hometown, it is my honor and privilege to make Sanford the best it can be.”
Commissioner, District 4
Commissioner Patty Mahany was re-elected in November 2020 in the general election. Her current term will end December 2024.
Commissioner Mahany is the former President of the Woman’s Club of Sanford, 2012-2014, Vice President of the Sanford Airport Memorial Committee, (the group responsible for designing, funding and building Naval Air Station Sanford’s Memorial Park) and restoring the aircraft currently on display at that venue.
Patty Mahany also serves on the Council of Local Governments (CALNO), the Seminole County Community Development Block Grant Board, the Seminole County Public Schools Facilities Planning Committee, and the current Commission member and co-founder of the Sanford Task Force on Homelessness.
Commissioner Mahany has been married for 21 years to her husband Sean Mahany, a Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer. Patty Mahany is a third generation native of Sanford and has lived in their home in District Four for 26 years. Commissioner Mahany is a graduate of Seminole High School, afterwards graduating from the St. Petersburg School of Veterinary Technology in 1982 in which she enjoyed a wonderful career working in both large and small animal medicine.