Mayor Buckhorn Announces Major Reorganization to Focus on Transportation, Stormwater Service - Promotes leaders from within to fill realigned roles

03/18/15
Today, Mayor Buckhorn announced a major reorganization of Tampa City government, putting a priority on proactive development and maintenance of Tampa's transportation and stormwater systems. By merging these two areas, Tampa will be able to be more efficient and effective at serving our residents.

"By creating the Transportation and Stormwater Services Department, we will now have one department to manage the city's real estate along our roads and right of way. I have specifically directed them to focus on improving customer service and being responsive to residents' needs, particularly given the added funding appropriated to resurfacing and stormwater improvements," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "However, none of this is possible without the right people leading their teams, and I am pleased today to appoint three new department directors from within our organization who have the vision and skillset to carry this through."

The Transportation Division has merged with Right of Way Operations, Stormwater Engineering, and Stormwater Maintenance divisions into one department, Transportation and Stormwater Services. Right of Way Operations, Stormwater Engineering, and Stormwater Maintenance divisions formerly reported to the Director of Public Works.

In addition, the Transportation and Stormwater Services Department will also manage a call center, providing residents and neighborhoods with one point of contact to report all issues within the roadway, from traffic calming requests to flooding issues. The Transportation and Stormwater Services Department team will report to the Public Works and Utilities Administrator.

The Assets and Logistics Department, formerly known as Public Works, will oversee the Fleet Maintenance, Facilities, and Parking divisions, all of which serve other departments within the city. In addition, the Parks Maintenance division, which had previously reported to the Parks and Recreation Director, has merged with the Facilities division and will report to the Facilities Manager. The Assets and Logistics Department will report to the Chief of Staff.

This reorganization does not result in any layoffs. Mayor Buckhorn will finalize it with an Executive Order this week.

In announcing these changes, Mayor Buckhorn has filled the senior leadership positions for the Transportation and Stormwater Services Department as well as the Assets and Logistics Department with internal candidates. A candidate for Wastewater Director has also been appointed from within.

Mayor Buckhorn has appointed Jean Duncan to be the Director of Transportation and Stormwater Services. In her role as director, Duncan will be the mayor's primary liaison with local transportation organizations including the Florida Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, she managed the Transportation Division. She began working for the City of Tampa in January 2003, working her way up through the division, beginning as a Roadway Design Engineer. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management, both from the University of South Florida and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida. She will report to Public Works and Utilities Administrator Mike Herr.

Ocea Lattimore has been appointed to be the Director of Assets and Logistics. Lattimore joined the City of Tampa in August 2005 as a Continuous Improvement Coordinator in the Wastewater Department, where she was later promoted to her current role as Wastewater Operations Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy University. Lattimore replaces outgoing Public Works Director Irvin Lee, who resigned to pursue alternate opportunities. Shereports to Chief of Staff Dennis Rogero.

Eric Weiss has been appointed to the position of Director of Wastewater. He currently serves as the Chief Engineer of the Water Department, but was previously the Deputy Director of the Contracts Administration Department. He began his career with the City of Tampa in 1991 as an engineer in the Sanitary Sewers Department (now "Wastewater"). Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida. He replaces outgoing Director, Anthony Kasper, who resigned to pursue alternate opportunities, and will report to Public Works and Utilities Administrator Mike Herr.

Salaries for all three are still being determined at this time. They will serve in an interim capacity until the time when the three nominations can go before Tampa City Council for confirmation.


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