Tarpon hires new planning director
By KATHERINE GAZELLA, Times Staff Writer
TARPON SPRINGS -- The city has hired a county administrator from Virginia to be the new director of planning and zoning.
Renea Vincent, 34, will begin the $60,500-a-year job July 8, city officials announced Friday. She replaces Walter Fufidio, who left in February for the planning director's job in Flagler County. Fufidio earned $60,778 a year.
Vincent was one of three finalists for the job and was interviewed by a committee of planners and a committee of city staffers, City Manager Ellen Posivach said.
"She's very professional in her approach to issues and her demeanor," Posivach said. "I think she'll be a tremendous addition to the city of Tarpon Springs."
Vincent currently is the administrator of Craig County, Va., a rural county with 5,000 residents. She was interested in the Tarpon Springs job because she wanted to return to being a planner and because she likes the area.
"I like the coast. I like to sail," she said. "It seems like a nice, livable little city. It has a lot to offer."
Prior to her job in Virginia, she was an urban planner and neighborhood specialist with the city of Peoria, Ill. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in urban planning from Virginia Tech. She holds a license from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Although Posivach previously worked in Virginia -- as an assistant city manager in Hopewell, Va. -- she and Vincent did not know each other previously.
The other finalists were Katherine Burbridge, the community development director for Indian Rocks Beach, and Lyndon Bonner, who previously worked as the director of public services for Dunnellon.
-- Katherine Gazella can be reached at (727) 445-4182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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