County Administration Announces Key Appointments
County Administrator Bertha Henry
announced the appointment
of Gretchen Harkins
and Alphonso Jefferson, Jr.
as assistants to the county administrator.
Harkins comes to County Administration from the Office of Intergovernmental
Affairs and Professional Standards, where she served as director since October
2009. Previously, she was the director of Grants and Governmental Relations
at Barry University, where she was also part of the adjunct faculty with
the sociology and criminology departments. Harkins attended Wake Forest
University, but earned her bachelor of arts in English literature and juris
doctorate from Florida State University.
Alphonso Jefferson, Jr.
Jefferson comes to Broward County from Brevard County, where he was the director of the Budget Office since
2010. Other prior positions include Support Services administrator and director
of Financial Services with the Orange County Clerk of Courts, administrator
of the Orange County Public Works Department and Capital Improvements coordinator
with Orange County Office of Management and Budget. Jefferson received his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and master’s from
the University of Phoenix. Both degrees were in business administration.
He is also a Navy Reserves veteran.
County Administration also announced the promotion of Eddie Labrador
to director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Professional Standards. Labrador has been with Broward County for 17 years and his most recent position was legislative counsel for Intergovernmental
Affairs and Professional Standards, representing the County’s interests before federal and state legislative and executive branches of government. He has also served as the director of the Civil Rights Division and as an assistant
county attorney. Labrador received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida International University and his juris doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
Traffic Engineering Welcomes New Director
has been named director of the Traffic Engineering
Division. Brunner became part of the Traffic Engineering team in 2007 as
a signal operations engineer and was promoted to assistant director in 2010.
He is one of the key players in the implementation of the County’s Green
Lights Program, a high-priority initiative to reduce vehicle delays, reduce
greenhouse emissions and improve system efficiency through optimized signal
timing on major roadway corridors. Prior to joining Broward County, Brunner
held a variety of transportation planning positions. He received his bachelor’s
degree in civil and environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University
Powell Named Water Resources Manager
Natural Resource Planning and Management recently welcomed Barbara Powell
to its staff as a water resources manager. Powell comes to the Division
with more than 16 years of water resource experience in the areas of water
quality, water supply planning, policy and regulations and environmental
protection. Her career includes positions with the South Florida Water Management
District, the Everglades Regulatory Department and the Seminole Tribe.
Vialpando Named Assistant Director of Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection
Leonard “Lenny” Vialpando has been named the new assistant
director for the Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division.
Vialpando is a registered professional engineer with 15 years of experience
in permitting and licensing. Most recently, he was the manager of the Environmental
Engineering and Licensing Section, where he supervised the issuance, compliance
and enforcement for more than 1,500 surface water, domestic wastewater,
industrial wastewater, wetland and tree removal licenses/permits annually.
Cummings Joins Planning and Redevelopment
New to Environmental Protection and Growth Management is Albert
, who will serve as an administrative assistant with the
Planning and Redevelopment Division. Cummings comes to Planning and Redevelopment
by way of the Parks and Recreation Division. Prior to moving to South Florida
six years ago, Cummings enjoyed a 20-year career with the U.S. Postal Service
in New York, where he moved up the ranks from carrier, to office clerk,
to executive assistant and finally to office administrator.
Pine Chosen for the Wellfield Protection Program
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division Director
recently named Cary Pine
Natural Resource Specialist II, as the new field inspector for the Wellfield
Protection Program, which protects the public drinking water supply from
potential threats from regulated substances such as hazardous materials.
For the past 10 years, Pine has been performing field inspections in Broward
County for the Pollution Prevention Program. His focus with the Wellfield
Protection Program will be on performing hazardous material facility inspections
in the protected areas of the public wellfields.
Port Honors Medina with Compass Award
Regi Medina and her husband of 47 years, Fran
Port Everglades selected Regina “Regi” Medina
administrative coordinator in the Port Director’s Office, as the
recipient of the Compass Award. Medina began her Port career more than
31 years ago with the then Port Everglades Authority, starting as the
executive assistant to the Foreign Trade Zone director. After 10 years,
she transferred to the Port Director’s office, holding several
administrative support positions.
Medina is being recognized for her outstanding leadership ability and
dedication. She has chaired the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Committee and has been a member of the Port’s Employee Recognition Committee
since its inception. She is an integral part of the Port Everglades United
Way Committee, chairing the very popular and successful Latin Lunch event,
which was her brainchild. Medina was a key player in other United Way events
including the annual Dunk Tank and BBQ and garage sale. Thanks in great
part to Medina’s efforts, Port Everglades raised nearly $16,000 for the
2011 United Way Campaign.
Kontax Receives Award for Outstanding Emergency Planning Service
, natural resources specialist with Pollution
Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality, was recently honored with the Thomas
Yatabe Award for his contribution over the years to the Local Emergency
Planning Committee in the areas of hazardous materials planning and response.
The Thomas Yatabe Award recognizes an individual, agency and/or organization
for outstanding performance in the implementation and support of the Emergency
Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. He received his award at this
year’s annual State Emergency Response Commission meeting.
Henry Achieves National Certification
, Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection
Division, recently earned national accreditation as a Certified Zoning Inspector
from the American Association of Code Enforcement and the International
Code Council. To earn this professional credential, Henry had to pass a
rigorous certification examination testing his knowledge of codes, standards
and practices necessary for professional competence.
Becht Receives Prestigious Arts Award
Cultural Division Director Mary Becht
was recognized for
her outstanding service to the arts community at the annual Carbonell Awards,
South Florida’s theater and arts honors. Becht was the recipient of the
Howard Kleinberg Award, a special recognition for contributions to the health
and development of the arts in South Florida. Serving in her role as director
since 1984, Becht has grown the Cultural Division into a nationally-recognized
local arts agency that serves as a model for the 5,000-plus local arts
agencies throughout the United States. The Howard Kleinberg Award is named
in honor of the long-time editor of The Miami News
, and author
of books on the cultural history of South Florida.