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Mayor Appoints New Economic Development Director




September 26, 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL) – A “go to” person.”

Someone who knows “how to manage a project.”

Somebody who is “going to follow through.”

These are three of the key characteristics West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio sought in a new economic development director.

They are also three characteristics she found in Chris Roog, who has served as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor since December.

On Wednesday, during the Mayor’s weekly media briefing, Mayor Muoio announced plans to move Roog to the position of Economic Development Director.  It is a role that has been vacant since Alan Durham left the city in May.

Roog’s previous experience includes serving as the Government Affairs Director at the Gold Coast Builder’s Association.

Since joining the city in December, Roog has spearheaded several high-profile projects, including the city’s pursuit of opening and operating the first municipal charter school in Palm Beach County.

Roog continues to work on the city’s legislative agenda for the upcoming state government session. He also has been put in charge of the city’s overhaul and redesign of its website.

Dennis Grady, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, applauded the mayor’s selection.

“Chris has an excellent reputation in the business community and a thorough understanding of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County,” said Grady. “The business community looks forward to working with him on economic development projects.”

But while Alan Durham served as an “Executive Director,” Roog will be moving into a “Director” role. Muoio explained the difference is more than just a title change.

“We realized we needed someone who was not at an upper administrative level. We need a ‘go to’ person who is going to get the job done,” said Muoio.

Roog officially moves over to the new position at the start of the fiscal year on October 1.  While his exact salary cannot be determined until after the new budget year begins, Mayor Muoio said it will be less than what was paid to Durham as Executive Director.





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