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Bill Killingsworth Headed To Tallahassee

Bill Killingsworth, Jacksonville's former planning director and father of the 2030 Mobility Plan, will become the Director of Community Development at the State of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Published February 8, 2013 in Urban Issues      2 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


Bill Killingsworth (right)


I have some exciting news to share. Tom Beck, who for twenty‐three years has made a tremendous contribution to DEO and DCA, has decided to lend his talents to the Department of Environmental Protection as its new Director of the Office of Water Policy. This is a loss for DEO, but a gain for the people of Florida, as water policy is a critical area to which Tom will bring wisdom and experience. Please join me in wishing Tom every success at DEP and in thanking him for his many years of faithful service to DEO and DCA. Tom’s last day at DEO will be February 15, so if you see him in the halls between now and then, please be sure to congratulate him.

I am also pleased to announce the appointment of William “Bill” Killingsworth to the position of Director of the Division of Community Development. Bill comes to us from the City of Jacksonville, where he has worked for more than twenty years. In his past experience he has served as the Director of the Planning and Development Department, the Chief of Community Planning, as a Principal Planner, GIS Manager, Senior Planner, Planner, and Assistant Planner. Bill is a University of Florida graduate who is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Bill will start at DEO on February 25. Please join me in welcoming Bill to the DEO team!   

Jesse Panuccio
Executive Director
Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street
Caldwell Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

On behalf of Metro Jacksonville, congratulations Bill!

Source: DEO email. Update by Ennis Davis.



February 08, 2013, 09:54:16 PM
I would like to say he is the one who got away but the truth is worse the Mayor sent him away. He will be great for Florida.

Charles Hunter

February 08, 2013, 10:43:47 PM
I think this is great for DEO.
However, I think Tom Beck going to DEP-Water is another step toward dismantling the original purpose of the Department of Environmental PROTECTION.
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