(239) 390-8000 ~ 21500 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Florida 33928

Board of Commissioners

The Estero Fire Rescue Board of Commissioners are the only officials elected exclusively by the registered voters living in the Estero Fire District. The Board is comprised of five individuals who oversee the direction of Estero Fire Rescue and ensure the proper use of tax-payer dollars for the operation of the Fire District. Each seat serves a four year term.

The Board is tasked with hiring the Fire Chief and providing the Chief with guidance and oversight. The Board does not take part in the day-to-day operation of the Fire District or the hiring of additional employees. Those responsibilities belong to the Fire Chief.

The regular monthly meetings of the Estero Fire Rescue Board of Commissioners are held at 5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.  The meetings are held at Estero Fire Rescue, 21500 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Fl 33928.

Commissioners can be contacted via the Estero Fire Rescue administration office: 239-390-8000, 21500 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Fl 33928.

Jack Lienesch

Lienesch-smCommissioner Jack Lienesch retired in 2000 in Dayton, Ohio after 37 years with General Motors and Delphi Corporation. He held various engineering and management positions with GM including stints at their Research Labs, Chevrolet Engineering, Saturn Corporation, GM Powertrain and Delphi Automotive. Since retirement, he has continued as an independent engineering consultant for several clients.

After moving to Florida in 2004, Jack has been active in Estero, serving on the Community Planning Panel since 2005 and acting as its Chairman since 2008. He also has served on the Bayside CDD board for Pelican Landing and has acted as Pelican Landing’s representative to the ECCL since 2010.

Jack is an engineering graduate of Purdue and Stanford Universities. He has been married to his wife, Kathy Lienesch, for 48 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. He was elected to the EFR Board of Commissioners in November 2014 following former Commissioner Sean James’ move from Lee to Collier County.

Term: November 2014 – November 2018

Jeff Maas

Jeff MaasJeff Maas has been Chief Financial Officer for EnviroStruct since 2014.  In his position, Jeff oversees the accounting, asset management, finance and human resource activities for EnviroStruct and its related companies.

Jeff brings 30 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance and operations management to his current position. He is also knowledgeable in company merger and integration as well as strategic goal management.  In his career, Jeff has worked in public accounting and the following industries – Public Accounting, Transportation, Manufacturing and most recently, Construction.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Business Administration, Jeff gained experience in public accounting and private industry in his home state of Wisconsin before moving to Florida in 1994.

Jeff resides in Estero, FL with his wife Bonnie and their two children – Zachary and Madison.  Jeff is actively involved in his local church and his children’s school.

– Memberships and Organizations:

  • President – Estero Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member – Estero Community Improvement Foundation
  • Member – Knights of Columbus – Chapter 10498
  • Prior member – Estero Planning and Zoning Board

James Mendolera

MendoleraCommissioner Mendolera retired in 2009 at the rank of Captain serving more than 35 years with the E. Cleveland and Mayfield Hts. Fire Departments in Ohio. He held certifications as a Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, and Fire Instructor thru 2013 and taught Fire Science at Lakeland College, Mentor, Ohio 1982-84. Commissioner Mendolera holds an AAS Degree in Fire Science from Lakeland College.

Commissioner Mendolera has received two letters of commendation for fire rescues, was the 1999 Lions Club International Firefighter of the Year, and was the 2008 recipient of the Cleveland Clinic EMS Council for Award of Excellence and Distinguished Service Medal for helping in saving the life of a police officer.

He has been a committee member of the E. Cleveland Safety Forces Olde Tymers Nite for the past 20 years raising thousands of dollars through donations for retired police and firefighters and sponsoring events to honor those who have retired. Commissioner Mendolera currently resides in Bella Terra.

Term: November 2014 – November 2018

Dick Schweers

SchweersCommissioner Dick Schweers has been on the Board of Estero Fire Rescue since August of 1997 and currently serves as the Board’s Chairman. Commissioner Schweers worked for Northern Illinois Gas for 37 years before retiring as a District Superintendent in 1992.

During his last 5 years with NiGas, he served as Chairman on the Board of Commissioners of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District in Northern Illinois. Commissioner Schweers currently resides in Fountain Lakes, is a member of the Estero Historical Society and is past-President and current Secretary of the Notre Dame Club of Southwest Florida.

Term: November 2012 – November 2016

 

 

Bill Williams

WilliamsCommissioner Bill Williams spent 32 years as a City/Town Manager in both New York and Massachusetts.  During his tenure, he became certified by FEMA as an Incident Commander and performed the duties of Emergency Management Director for the city.  He retired in 2009.

Since that time, Commissioner Williams has served as a member of the Cascades at Estero Homeowners Association Finance committee, was elected Director in 2011, and President in 2012. He has also served as the Cascades representative to the ECCL since 2010 and is currently Co-Chair of the ECCL transportation Committee. This Committee represent all Estero transportation issues for Federal, State, and local system roads and projects.

In 2010, then Lee County Manager Karen Hawes selected Commissioner Williams as one of three civilian members to serve on the County Budget and Taxation Committee.  This Committee meets monthly and makes recommendation on fiscal policy to the Board of County Commissioners.  In 2012 , Commissioner Williams was appointed as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Organization.

He earned a BS and MPA from New York University with a concentration in Management and Finance. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at Fordham University, Bronx, NY.

Commissioner Williams has been married to his wife Deborah A. Williams for 27 years, has two sons, and lives in The Cascades.

Term: November 2012 – November 2016