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Sarasota News Leader September 28, 2012 a presentation on the Dona Bay Watershed Management Plan. Of Harriott, Reid wrote in the email, "Jim will have responsibility for a very large, diverse group. He is up to the challenge with his 16 years of county experience, including six years as Executive Director of Public Works, and the support of his management team and many talented staff members." The departments assigned to the Capital Assets Group will be Cap- ital Projects, Facilities, Field Ser- vices, Environmental Utilities and Transportation, Reid said in the email. "Efforts to improve the physical working environment at the Sara- sota Center Boulevard facility [the BOB building] and coordinate ac- tivities in the field will rest with Mr. Harriott. Other departments will continue to utilize this building for field operations. The Capital As- sets Group will be aligned with and coordi- nate its efforts under the Community Planning Group headed by Assistant County Adminis- trator Mark Cunningham to ensure that both the natural environment and as-built infra- structure are protected, planned for and en- hanced for our growing community." In late August, Reid had announced the ap- pointments of Cunningham and Lee Ann Low- ery as assistant county administrators. Low- ery began work Sept 10, while Cunningham reported to work Sept. 24. Reid also used the email to announce that Ed Gable would join the organization on Nov. 5 to oversee the Facilities Department, which includes general services, maintenance and James K. Harriott Jr. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Page 40 planning, as well as fleet, horticulture and sup- port. Gable holds a bachelor's degree in building construction from the University of Florida, Reid noted, and has more than 20 years of ex- perience managing facilities and handling sim- ilar functions for the Alachua County School Board. In addition to that background, Gable has worked as a registered architect and general contractor, Reid noted. Additionally, Reid wrote in the email, current "Operations and Maintenance Director Dave Cash has accepted a new role over- seeing our Asset Management Stormwater/Utilities Renewal & Replacement Program. This will involve the renewal and replacement effort for the county's underground infrastructure." Cash's responsibilities will include coordinat- ing and prioritizing the replacement or lining of stormwater and sewer pipes and resolving conflicts between the two, Reid wrote. Cash also will manage contracted engineering ser- vices for the program. Further, Reid informed the commissioners that Roger Rasbury and Spencer Anderson would continue in their roles managing Cap- ital Projects and Field Services, respectively. Finally, for an interim period, "Gary Bennett will serve as leader for Environmental Utili- ties and Clarke Davis will serve as leader of the Transportation group."

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