Hernando County job reorganizations proposed after pair of key departures

BROOKSVILLE — The departure of two key county directors will bring a series of restructuring recommendations before the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday.

The proposed changes include moving transportation services director Susan Goebel into the job of departing environmental services director Joe Stapf and county engineer Brian Malmberg to the transportation services director's position on an interim basis.

Earlier this week, Stapf was hired as public works director and city engineer in Northfield, Minn., his hometown. Stapf, who came to Hernando County in January 2008, will work his last day in Hernando on Oct. 19.

Last week, community services director Jean Rags announced she was retiring Oct. 21 after 12 years with the county in order to care for her aging mother.

In a transition plan developed by Rags, her duties would be divvied up among existing staffers in several departments.

She recommends that current library services director Adam Brooks take on the job of interim director of community development while maintaining his library director's position.

Health and human services functions should fall under the interim leadership of Veda Ramirez until the position can be advertised internally, Rags recommends. Ramirez, currently an employee in health and human services, should also take on the job of contract monitor and liaison with the county Health Department.

Goebel began a temporary assignment heading up Public Works in January 2010 and inherited oversight of the complex and controversial Hernando Beach channel dredge. Months later, she became the director of a new department called Transportation Services.

Since she came on board, "Transportation Services has made significant improvements in their deployment of staffing and project implementation while enhancing their customer service philosophy,'' County Administrator David Hamilton wrote in a memo.

"With this in mind and based on her extensive background as a proven performer, we are recommending her to return to lead environmental services as their director.''

Goebel has agreed to the offer, and her pay would be $84,301, less than Stapf's $92,705.

Malmberg was hired in February to replace Charles Mixson, who had been terminated a year earlier. Hamilton notes that Malmberg "has shown significant leadership qualities in his approach to initiating several long-delayed programs along with his positive approach to customer relations.''

He recommends Malmberg as interim director of Transportation Services, with the plan to evaluate him in six months to determine whether he should get the position permanently. His annual salary during the probationary period would be $78,750.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando County job reorganizations proposed after pair of key departures 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7:20pm]

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