E COUNTY LINE

Records, Taxes and Treasury Names Mehringer New Assistant Director

Gary Mehringer
Gary Mehringer
Gary Mehringer, with Records, Taxes and Treasury since 1989, has been named assistant director. As the assistant director, he will be responsible for supporting the business operations and records management sections, and long-term strategic initiatives across the agency. A native of Broward County, Mehringer earned his bachelor’s degree in business and computer information systems, from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Pam, live in Plantation with their son, Spencer, and their three dogs, Bentley, Palmer and Kassie.


Airport Employee is Now Accredited Airport Executive

John Pokryfke
John Pokryfke
John Pokryfke, airside operations manager with the Broward County Aviation Department, was recently named an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). AAAE is a professional organization for airport executives representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports, and whose members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports.

To qualify for this distinction, the new AAEs had to pass a detailed examination, satisfy a writing requirement and demonstrate, in the final interview by a panel of AAEs, their knowledge of airport management, business administration and general transportation economics. By fulfilling all the requirements leading to the title of AAE, the new executive members join a select group of individuals who have earned this designation. At present, fewer than 10 percent of AAAE’s members throughout the country have earned this distinction. Pokryfke has been with the Aviation Department for 18 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., and his master’s in business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fort Lauderdale campus.

Port Employee is Featured Speaker at National Conference

Neil Kutchera
Neil Kutchera
Neil Kutchera, Port Everglades petroleum specialist, was invited by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to be among the featured speakers at its recent Technology Seminar held in Jacksonville. Kutchera sat on the “Mobility: Management, Apps and Policies” panel where he demonstrated the functionality of the “CruiseSchedule” app, which he developed. The app development is part of the project requirements and curriculum Kutchera must complete in order to receive his certification as a Professional Port Manager through the AAPA. This biennial seminar focused on technology innovations and how they address the 21st century challenges at seaports.

Pam Madison
Pam Madison
Pam Madison, deputy county administrator, is retiring in July. Madison has worked passionately for Broward County for more than 17 years but has 27 years of experience with state and local government operations. During her tenure with the County, Madison served as director of the Office of Public and Governmental Relations, assistant to the county administrator and acting director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. Prior to joining Broward County, she served as a senior legislative aide in the Florida Legislature. She plans on spending more time with family.

Greg Spencer
Greg Spencer
Highway Construction and Engineering’s Greg Spencer retired after more than 39 years of dedicated service. He started his career with Broward County in the Planning, Building and Zoning Division from 1974 to 1982, worked in Traffic Engineering from 1982 to 2008, and has been with Highway Construction and Engineering since October 2008. Following retirement, he plans to first, sleep for one month, then go golfing and traveling, doing home projects that include NatureScaping, restoring his classic cars, spending time with his son, Steven, and skiing in Colorado with family.

Ken Beringhaus
Ken Beringhaus
Ken Beringhaus of Records, Taxes and Treasury has retired following 25 years of service garnering respect and friendship of many people with whom he worked and helped. His plans call for spending more time fishing. Following retirement, Ken hopes to obtain his Captain’s License to navigate the waters to do professionally what he loves most – fish. He and his wife, Gina, who recently retired from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, will also join Ken on fishing trips and traveling to Antigua and Barbados, Gina’s homeland of Ecuador and many, many fishing trips to the Bahamas.

Daniel Metter
Daniel Metter
Daniel Metter, son of Joel Metter, attorney with Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting, graduated in May from the College of William and Mary with a master’s degree in accounting and will be starting as a staff accountant this fall with a national accounting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

Devaughn Brooks
Brad Turetzky
Congratulations to Shelly Turetzky, Office of Public Communications, on her son, Brad’s, recent graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Chef Brad will be working for a major catering firm in Boynton Beach.

Brad Turetzky
Devaughn Brooks
Devaughn Brooks, son of Shanteala Mash of the Library’s Collection Management Section, graduated June 2 from Nova High School and has already started classes at Tallahassee Community College. His future plans include studying criminal justice at Florida State University with a goal of becoming a crime scene investigator.

Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson, left, with his son, Robert
Robert Christian Peterson, son of Robert Peterson of Traffic Engineering, graduated from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek. Prior to attending the University of West Florida in 2014, he will travel abroad while working aboard a private yacht captained by his uncle.

Sophia Younes
Sophia Younes
Sophia Younes graduated from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines. She plans on attending Florida International University, Honors College, where she will major in civil engineering. The proud father is Ali Younes with Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality.