With Just Getting Started, Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Dr. Kanika Tomalin is “telling the St. Pete story” through one-on-one conversations with change-makers. With many exciting plans and projects on the horizon, St. Petersburg’s upward trajectory remains strong. “So much has been done, but here’s the secret: We’re just getting started.
Dr. Tomalin's guest is Brett Pettigrew from the City Attorney's office, who is a key member of the legal team involved with the 2021 review of the St. Petersburg City Charter. In the interview, Pettigrew and Tomalin discuss the difference between the charter and the City Code, and explain why public input is so important to the work of the Charter Review Commission.
Dr. Tomalin’s guest is Brett Pettigrew from the City Attorney’s office, who is a key member of the legal team involved with the 2021 review of the St. Petersburg City Charter. In the interview, Pettigrew and Tomalin discuss the difference between the charter and the City Code, and explain why public input is so important to the work of the Charter Review Commission.
Given the creativity and expertise I've seen from the group in front of us, I have a hard time believing that they're not going to come up with at least one good idea."
If there's something in this document that people think could be changed to make it better, that's on the table. If there's something that's just not covered at all, that's on the table too."
Dr. Kanika Tomalin is a thought leader, policy-maker, community ambassador, and health advocate.
As the first African-American, female Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of one of Florida’s largest cities, Dr. Kanika Tomalin is a role model for women from all walks of life and an advocate for innovative policies, equitable community revitalization, healthy families, at-risk youth and education.
Her signature initiative, Healthy St. Pete, which launched in 2014, has made community health a priority and impacts the lives of thousands of Sunshine City residents. By creating access to healthy food options, implementing free fitness zones in city parks and adding resources for individuals and families to make healthy living easier – Dr. Tomalin has made a tangible difference.
Dr. Tomalin’s understanding of the critical role health plays as a determinant of overall quality of life was shaped prior to her career in the public sector. She quickly climbed the ranks in the healthcare industry, most recently serving as the regional vice president of External Affairs for the Bayfront Health Network and director of Strategy for Health Management Associates’ 23-hospital Florida Group.