Monday, August 29, 2011

More turmoil at St. Johns River WMD

Kirby Green, Executive Director of the St. Johns River Water Management District for the last decade, announced today he is moving up his retirement date from early next year to October 1 of this year.  See his announcement below.

So, now you have a brand new director at SFWMD.  Director Dave Moore has resigned from Southwest.  His replacement is to be named soon.  Now Kirby Green bails early from St. Johns, forced out by a couple of developer-friendly board members, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  And hundreds of WMD staffers have been shown the door.
Heads are shaking.  Not that it’s surprising with CEO Scott wielding the sling blade.  It’s just that no one has any idea what all the R and R’s (removal and replacements) will bring.  There has to be some rational reason for all this planned mayhem or else it’s the biggest, dumbest, potentially the most calamitous management maneuver this state has ever seen.  And it's the state that will suffer.  How can this be labeled improvement?
Purposeful chaos?  To what end, governor?
August 29, 2011

Kirby Green

In July, I announced my retirement, with the plan that I would lead the District through the fiscal challenges facing us into the new budget year beginning Oct. 1. We have had to make many extremely difficult decisions during the past several months as we right-size the agency and ensure that we are properly aligned with the direction and focus of the Governor and Legislature. Since we have successfully completed the tasks to set the proper course for the agency into the next fiscal year, I feel that the time for my retirement has arrived. My last day with the District will be Oct. 3, and I want to take this opportunity to tell you how proud I am to have served as the District’s executive director for the past 10 years.
The District has accomplished much in restoring the region’s water resources, establishing dependable water supply projects and strategies, and managing the thousands of acres of land that have been entrusted in our care. Each District employee has been integral to the agency’s success, and I am proud of the work that they have done and continue to do for the residents of our District and the water resources that we all depend on.
There is still much work to be done, and I leave confident and comfortable that, with the experience and expertise of the District’s staff, our work will be carried forward and the agency will continue to provide the water resource protections that are so critical to our environment.
I appreciate the District staff’s hard work and dedication, and the public’s support and commitment to our water resources, and I look forward to hearing about the agency’s future successes.
Kirby B. Green III

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