St. Petersburg code enforcement director leaving post
Todd Yost's first job with the city was as a lifeguard at Fossil Park in 1988. He's worked in nine departments over the years, increasingly in high-profile positions like his current spot as the city's top code-enforcement official.
Yost, 45, has been praised by City Council and neighborhood activists for revamping the city's code enforcement system, streamlining enforcement procedures to bring violations to a conclusion more quickly. He's also helped implement the city's chronic nuisance ordinance.
But he's moving on.
His last day is Friday. Rob Gerdes, Yost's deputy, will take over as codes compliance assistance director. Gerdes, a longtime city employee, is the younger brother of City Council chairman Charlie Gerdes.
"Todd has given a lot to the city over the years," said Kevin King, Mayor Rick Kriseman's chief of staff. "He and Rob were tasked with getting codes back in order again and they really succeeded."
Yost will go back to the private sector as a facilities and property manager for Franklin Templeton, where he worked for a couple years before coming back to city employment as codes czar in early 2014.
The financial services company offered him his dream job, he said. He'll be overseeing Franklin Templeton's Carillon headquarters--40 percent of which is leased to other businesses--and the company's Fort Lauderdale campus.
"It was too good of an opportunity to pass up" Yost said.
Yost makes $113,071. Gerdes will make $93,000.
In statement, Kriseman said: “Todd Yost did an outstanding job for us, especially in helping to modernize that department.”