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Resolutions - R7  J


TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:April  11, 2018




The Administration recommends approving the Resolution.


The purpose of memorandum is to share with the City Commission organizational changes that I am recommending. Mr. Eric Carpenter has served as both an Assistant City Manager (ACM) and Public Works Director for the City of Miami Beach for the past two and a half years. The responsibility to serve as ACM to three very visible Departments (Parks and Recreation, Capital Improvement Projects, and Public Works) is a significant challenge alone, not to mention serving as a liaison to the Mayor and Commission regarding infrastructure matters, taking on special projects, interfacing with the constituents and helping to facilitate interdepartmental solutions. In addition to serving as the Director of one of the City’s largest and most diverse Departments at the forefront of the battle against sea level rise and stormwater management, a number of other important issues include water and sewer infrastructure renewal, cleanliness of the City, street lighting, landscape maintenance and all facets of street and sidewalk maintenance.  In parallel with this Mr. Roy Coley has been performing in an exceptional manner as the Assistant Director of that Department. Considering these facts, I am recommending promoting Mr. Coley to Director of Public Works and allowing Mr. Carpenter to focus additional efforts on the role of serving his portfolio of Departments as the ACM. This move would not add any additional head count to the organization and will improve the efficiency of the operations.


Mr. Coley is currently the Assistant Director of Public Works/Infrastructure Director for the City of Miami Beach. The operational disciplines he leads are drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, streets, and street lighting. In Miami Beach as a Division Director and Assistant Department Director Mr. Coley has been a transformational leader. He led the development and implementation of an employee incentivization plan that has resulted to date in employees obtaining 32 licenses or certifications in water, wastewater, or stormwater operations. He represented Public Works in a group from the region that traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop mitigation efforts for mosquito transmitted disease. He has been featured in multiple public service announcement videos and news reports providing education to the public on mosquito control/prevention. Mr. Coley was one of the leaders in the preparation and response to Hurricane Irma, which among many things included providing 30,000 bags of sand for residents to protect their property and removal of 150,000 cubic yards of debris from City streets. He collaborated with environmental management to deliver a lighting system to Lummus Park where security and environmental concerns were significantly improved. Existing resources were used to implement a 24/7 live hotline where residents and businesses could call to report problems.


Immediately after beginning to work in Miami Beach Mr. Coley was tasked with responding to historical King Tides. He procured new vacuum trucks to aid the immediate shocks of high waters and developed a strategy where temporary pumps were used to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the lowest lying areas while more permanent measures were being developed.

Mr. Coley will provide innovative approaches to stormwater management, renewal and replacement of aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, streets, and street lighting. He believes Public Works is the backbone of any city and will instill a “working for you” approach in all divisions when dealing with residents, and businesses. He will further develop relationships with regulators and have a collaborative approach to implementing new community improvement projects.


Mr. Coley has more than 20 years’ experience in water resources operations and maintenance. He is licensed by the states of Alabama, and Florida in water and wastewater treatment. He has six certifications from California State University College of Engineering, Sacramento in various water resources treatment and management fields. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University of Miami where he graduated sum cum laud and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University of Florida.


Roy is passionate about water resources and its preservation. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) requested him to present to their water quality conference in 2010 on his work in Key West where he pioneered a new water quality management technique in drinking water systems. His research and case study were published by the AWWA in the technical manual M56 second edition.


Some notable accomplishments are the startup and operations of three reverse osmosis drinking water plants, and five wastewater treatment plant. Four treatment plants under his direction received operational excellence awards by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for consistently exceeding regulatory requirements. Successfully leading and implementing water privatization efforts between the US Navy/Department of Defense and the FKAA. The water privatization at NAS Key West was the US Navy’s first utility privatization and serves as their model for future utility privatizations.


In addition to the above information I have attached the resume of Mr. Coley so that you can read more about his qualifications. Based upon all of the information and in my role to continuously improve the organization I am proud to present Mr. Roy Coley to the City Commission for ratification as the new Public Works Director for the City of Miami Beach. I will be scheduling one on one meetings for each of the Commissioners with Mr. Coley in case you have any questions of him.


The Administration recommends approving the Resolution
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Roy Coley Resume