The Town of St. Leo chose Vincent “Mike” D’Ambrosio as its new mayor during its annual May reorganization meeting, on May 9.
D’Ambrosio is director of safety and emergency management at Saint Leo University. He also is the assistant pastor at The Rock Church in Brooksville.
A native of Citrus County, he has been employed at the university since 2008, and has lived in the Town of St. Leo for three years. He was appointed to the Town Commission in June of 2020.
He and his wife, Heidi, have three children: son Vincent “Dakota,” daughter Ryleigh Buchanan, and son Luke.
In other action, commissioners chose to retain James Hallett, O.S.B., as Mayor Pro Tem. Brother James became a Town Commissioner in April 2000. He is originally from Newton Falls, Ohio, where he lived with his family before joining the U.S. Army.
Hallett served three years in the military, including one year in Korea.
After leaving the Army, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from Kent State University, followed by a Master of Arts in accounting from Youngstown State University.
Hallett moved to Saint Leo Abbey in 1988. He is active in monastery life and is the manager of the Saint Leo Abbey gift shop.
The meeting also marked the return of William Hamilton, who was elected to fill Commission Seat Five in April.
Hamilton previously served on the Town Commission for eight years, including three as mayor.
Commissioner Hamilton is from St. Leo and is continuing a family history of service. His father served as a commissioner and as mayor, during the 1980s.
Hamilton and his wife, Barbara, have four children.
Published May 18, 2022