Stewart Cruz, a board-certified planner who has been a city planner for the City of Daytona Beach Shores for the past 17 years, has been promoted to director of the community services department.
Cruz was named assistant department manager last November before his promotion to manager. He succeeds Fred Hiatt, who retired after a 35-year career with the city.
“Stewart is an outstanding planner and leader who has played a vital role in the city for 17 years,” said City Manager Michael T. Booker, who will retire June 3.
“He has a broad understanding of the community services divisions and a strong vision for the future of the department. New City Manager Kurt Swartzlander and I agree that he was the perfect choice for this role, and we both welcome him to the leadership team.
The Community Services Department includes the Building, Business Tax Receipts, Code Enforcement, Municipal Facilities, Planning, Public Works, and City Sewer divisions.
As director, Cruz manages all aspects of the department, including day-to-day operations, budget, long-range planning, bid specifications, and consultant contracts. He oversees capital improvement projects and utility competition to ensure utilities are available for new development and growth.
As a member of the Shores management team, Cruz works closely with the City Manager and supports the functions of the Planning and Zoning Board, Special Magistrate and City Council.
Cruz said he has two major goals for the department: to make services more efficient while keeping costs low and to improve the city’s aging sewage system. The Shores is a small town with a small staff, and employees will be trained to cover where they’re needed most, he said.
As an urban planner, Cruz played a key role in community services for many years.
It administers the city’s Master Plan and Land Use Code and drafts planning, growth and land use ordinances. He manages new residential, hotel and commercial developments to ensure they meet Shores land development standards, including technical review of plans, and oversees future land use and long-term planning. term.
Additionally, Cruz has managed the city’s floodplain management program and stormwater management program for the past eight years and is the city’s representative on the planning organization’s Technical Coordinating Committee. Volusia/Flagler River to Sea transportation. The city is currently looking for a new urban planner.
Cruz holds a Master of Science degree in planning from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and is currently working on a master’s degree in public administration.
He is a member of the American Planning Association, American Public Works Association, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council.
He enjoys volunteering, philanthropy, teaching Sunday school, traveling and spending time with his family.