Sunday, May 20, 2018
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3 finalists for Treasure Island public works director job

TREASURE ISLAND —­­ Three finalists have been selected in the hiring of a public works director to fill the vacancy when Jim Murphy retires in April.

The finalists, all with Florida ties, were selected from more than 30 applicants.

They are: Clete Saunier from Wellington, Samy Faried from Alva and Charles Griffin of Tampa. All have extensive backgrounds in civil engineering with work for private and government agencies.

"We are doing final interviews now and hope to wrap it up soon," said Jennifer Poirrier, the city's human resources director. City Manager Reid Silverboard said he hopes to have a new hire in place by the end of the month so the person can work alongside Murphy before he leaves April 1 after serving six years as the city's public works director.

The new director will have big shoes to fill, Silverboard said.

"He (Murphy) is going to really be missed," Silverboard said. "He's done an amazing amount of work since he's been here, he said. There's a lengthy list of infrastructure improvements Murphy directed, including repair of two bridges, construction of a beach trail, drainage improvements on Gulf Boulevard, and a new bike trail.

Silverboard said he is "very pleased" with the quality of the applicants for the position. "We had a number of qualified candidates to choose from," he said.

Saunier, who has a degree in civil engineering and engineering geology, currently works for Erdman Anthony in Royal Palm Beach as an engineering consultant. He previously was the district administrator and engineer for the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District.

Faried, who has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Alexandria University and a master's degree in engineering from Northeastern University, currently works for Smith Engineering Consultants in West Palm Beach. He also worked for the city of Bartow and the city of Lake Worth as director of utilities, and as executive director of the Lee County Regional Water Supply Authority.

Griffin, who has a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and chemistry from the University of California, two master's degrees, and a doctorate in leadership and management, currently works at a municipal consulting engineer firm in Jackson, Miss. He was the director of operations and management for infrastructure and utilities for Hillsborough County.

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