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St. Pete names new Public Works Administrator



Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a new public works administrator Thursday, five months after the city's longtime administrator in that post abruptly retired.

Claude Tankersley will begin his $149,000 post in February. Tankersely is Bradenton's Public Works Director.

Mike Connors retired after a brief meeting with Kriseman in late August. Connors had worked for the city for 28 years. His resignation came after a botched recycling rollout and more than 31 million gallons of sewage dumped by the city after weeks of heavy rain.

Here is the city's news release:




Mayor Rick Kriseman has named Bradenton Public Works Director Claude Tankersley as St. Petersburg’s new Public Works Administrator.


Said Mayor Kriseman: “I am incredibly pleased to have Claude join our team in the Sunshine City and provide our Public Works Administration with new leadership and direction. Claude is an experienced, accomplished professional with an appreciation for community engagement. His relationships across our region and state will be an asset to our citizens and the City of St. Petersburg.”


Said Claude Tankersley: “I am very excited to join Mayor Rick Kriseman's City of St. Petersburg team.  As a lifelong Florida resident, I am passionate about building partnerships supportive of our people, our visitors and our environment.  I look forward to working with our neighborhoods, businesses and cultural communities to keep the ‘Public’ in Public Works.”


Claude Tankersley earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 1991 and has been a Florida Certified Professional Engineer since 1995. Claude is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was named the Young Engineer of the Year in 1996.  He is a member of the American Water Works Association and has received considerable training in the FEMA incident command system. He received the City of Bradenton Leadership Award in 2007. 


Mr. Tankersley is expected to begin his employment in mid-February and will earn $149,000 annually.                     

[Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:58pm]


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