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SWFWMD to undergo "restructuring"

Plan Calls for Reducing and Recruiting Staff

Southwest Florida Water Management District Executive Director Blake Guillory announced today that the agency will undergo organizational restructuring in the coming months.

“We are committed to providing the greatest value to the taxpayer,” said Guillory. “By implementing new business processes we have found opportunities to improve our efficiency and further reduce our operational costs.”

The District currently has 617 full-time employees. This restructuring, to be implemented in phases during the next nine months, will affect approximately 30 employees, primarily administrative, IT and management staff.

The organizational changes include creating a Project Management Office to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how the agency’s more than 400 projects are managed.

Guillory also anticipates hiring approximately 15 additional scientific and engineering staff this year to support the District’s groundwater and surface water modeling work as well as its springs and water quality initiatives.

“We’ve identified some areas in which we can use some additional expertise to meet our core mission,” said Guillory. “Our pool of technical experts has eroded during the last decade with employees retiring or leaving for the private sector. This restructuring will ensure that we have a high level of scientific expertise to manage and protect the water resources of the region.”