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Lee County reorganizes top administration

By Staff | Feb 6, 2013

Interim Lee County Manager Doug Meurer has restructured the top level of county administration, adding three new acting assistant county manager positions.

After discussing critical county issues with commissioners, staff, the local business community and municipal leaders, Meurer determined these changes will provide additional focus on challenges the county must solve without adding or eliminating personnel.

Human Resources Director Christine Brady, Parks & Recreation Director Dave Harner and Equal Opportunity Manager Glen Salyer will now serve as acting assistant county managers.

Meurer said the changes will create a stronger team and reduce the heavy workload on Assistant County Managers Pete Winton, who was managing 11 departments, and Holly Schwartz, who was managing eight. Winton will now focus on managing Budget Services and assisting with the county’s budgeting process, as well as overseeing Fleet. Schwartz will focus on addressing Public Safety’s critical issues, as well as overseeing Human Services, Veterans Services and Library.

Brady will continue to serve as director of Human Resources/Public Resources, overseeing that department as well as Procurement, IT, Web Content and County Lands. Brady has a strong background in contracting and process-driven operations.

Harner will continue to serve as director of Parks & Recreation, overseeing that department as well as Construction & Design, Facilities and Animal Services, plus Major League Baseball issues. Harner has successfully operated large and geographically dispersed operations.

Salyer will oversee Community Development, Sustainability and GIS (maps/data), plus Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and legislative issues.

“Our goal is to create a regulatory atmosphere in Lee County which is streamlined and supportive of legitimate business community efforts,” Meurer said, noting Salyer has a strong economic development background.

Meurer also recently appointed Interim Assistant County Manager Pam Keyes, who filled Meurer’s position when he was promoted. Keyes will continue to oversee Natural Resources, Solid Waste, Transportation and Utilities, as well as Transit. “This better aligns the needs of both Transportation and Transit, and assures a cooperative approach,” Meurer said.

Meurer will continue to oversee the Visitor & Convention Bureau, Economic Development and the Sports Authority.