Today the department proudly took part in the funeral services for our long time Mayor Leonard Scarcella. Having been elected as Mayor in 1969, Mayor Scarcella has continually lead our city for over 50-years holding the record as the longest serving Mayor in the country. During his time many initiatives he proposed came into being to include the creation of the Stafford Municipal School District (SMSD) and implementation of zero city property tax for the city beginning in 1995. During this time the Stafford Fire Department grew to meet the needs of the community as call volumes increased, target hazards abounded and the types of incidents expanded as our city developed. Never one to shy from a fight, Mayor Scarcella was fiercely dedicated to our city and our citizens setting the standard for what all in public service should do. Rest in Peace Mayor.