Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Who Is Michael Ertel? -- Ratpack Dirtry Trickster Michael Ertel's Self-Serving Bio Reveals He is a Former PR Wiener for Banks, County, U.S. Army
Michael Ertel was appointed the Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County on February 7, 2005 by Governor Jeb Bush. He was subsequently elected in November, 2006 by the voters of Seminole County. Governor Charlie Crist selected Ertel to serve as the chair of the Florida Citizen Review Group for the Department of State transition effort.
Since his initial appointment, the office has made significant improvements in services to voters and candidates under the office's new mission statement: Efficient Elections -- Excellent Service -- Fiduciary Conservatism -- Voter Confidence.
Prior to becoming supervisor Ertel spent eight years in the U.S. Army and was in the public relations field for 12 years, with stints as a public affairs representative for the U.S. Army during the Los Angeles riots, Macedonian, and Bosnian operations. In 1998 he became Seminole County government's first community information professional, guiding communications for the county government. After that, he was the director of public relations for a 185-location bank. In 2002 he completed the Harvard Program on Negotiation module on crisis communications titled How to Deal with an Angry Public. In 2003, PR News magazine named him as one of America's fastest rising communicators by presenting him the 15 to Watch Award.
His community involvement includes serving as an Executive Board member of the Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America, a board member on the Seminole County Boys and Girls Clubs, and as the 2005 president of the Orlando-area chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Ertel is the District 6 representative (Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola counties) on the Legislative Committee for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.
Mike is a homegrown elected official, attending Red Bug, Sterling Park and English Estates elementary, Tuskawilla middle and Lake Howell high schools before attending the University of Maryland University College. He enjoys racquetball and Revolutionary history and the music of the Rat Pack. He and his wife Suzanne live in Oviedo.
BELOW is a link to an emetic collection of photos from ERTEL's website: