Buckhorn Announces Reorganization of Neighborhood Services ?? Code Enforcement will team up with Clean City Division to become Neighborhood Enhancement

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a reorganization of the Department of Neighborhood Services. Code Enforcement and Clean City will merge to become one division, Neighborhood Enhancement, and will work in conjunction with one another reporting to the same leadership team.

"Merging Clean City and Code Enforcement is a natural continuation of my commitment to strengthening our neighborhoods. This reorganization creates a one-two punch," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The Neighborhood Enhancement teams will have the tools to do the necessary enforcement and to improve the quality of life for residents."

The mission of the Neighborhood Enhancement Division will be to enforce all non-criminal city ordinances, codes, and regulations, and to improve the quality of life for Tampa residents through maintenance efforts of medians and vacant lots. The division will also continue the effort to reduce litter, graffiti, and illegal dumping.

A manager will be appointed to oversee the new Neighborhood Enhancement division, reporting to the Director of Neighborhood Services. Mayor Buckhorn will appoint retired Tampa Police Department Major Sal Ruggiero to the position. Ruggiero retired in 2011, after serving 29 years with Tampa Police. As Major, Ruggiero oversaw policing in District I, which covers South and West Tampa, and was a key part in crime reduction efforts.

Ruggiero will oversee five supervisors; four with direct responsibilities over an area of the city and a fifth will oversee a rapid response team. The three current supervisors in Code Enforcement will remain as supervisors for the Neighborhood Enhancement Division.

By merging Code Enforcement and Clean City under one leadership structure, the city anticipates a savings of approximately $70,000 per year.