By Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs City Manager Frank Babinec has announced the selection of the Director of Public Works, who is filling the role left vacant after the retirement of Richard Michaud, who served the city for 29 years.
John Norris has held several leadership positions in Public Works, making him a great candidate for the growing and innovative city.
City Manager Frank Babinec explained the importance of the Public Works Department is to the city.
“[They’re] vital to our operations and is responsible for our city’s infrastructure, utilities, facilities management, streets, stormwater program, fleet and equipment management, and solid waste and recycling contracts. I am confident that John’s experience and leadership will continue to enhance the quality of life for Coral Springs residents. We are excited to have him join our team.”
A graduate of the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, Norris earned his degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2001. He recently served as the Director of Manufacturing for Colony Tire Corporation in Edenton, North Carolina.
Before this position, he served as Director of Stormwater, Pavement, and Traffic Operations for the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Director of Public Works in Edenton, North Carolina.
Married to Annie, his wife of 11 years, they are raising two daughters, Logan 10, and Caroline, 6. John is also the proud parent of college freshman, Charlotte, who is attending the University of Maryland – College Park. An avid car enthusiast when he is not working, John enjoys fishing, boating, and renovation projects.
In his new role, Norris will lead our full-service Public Works Department utilizing the application of technical public works and expertise to a variety of complex city projects. Attracted to the culture of innovation and inclusion fostered in the City of Coral Springs, Norris is excited to be a part of an organization with such driven employees focused on improving the city for all its residents and businesses.
“Public Works employees are problem solvers; no matter how large or small the project might be, we identify the problem, come up with solutions, and fix it. We take great pride in the projects we complete because they will be around for generations,” said Norris.
Married to Annie, his wife of 11 years, they are raising two daughters, Logan (10) and Caroline (6). John is also the proud parent of college freshman, Charlotte, who is attending the University of Maryland – College Park. An avid car enthusiast when he is not working, John enjoys fishing, boating, and renovation projects.
Norris officially begins on September 30, 2020.
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