By THEO KARANTSALIS
The city of Miami Springs has selected Tom Nash as its new public works director.
Nash has served as the acting director since Robert Williams, the embattled former public works director, who abruptly resigned last May from his $97,549-a-year post. Williams, along with the city, has been named in a sexual harassment lawsuit that is currently pending in Miami District court.
He will oversee a staff of 33 who handle services like tree pruning, debris removal, street and street light repair, solid waste disposal, maintenance of right-of-ways and the upkeep of municipal buildings.
A certifed arborist, Nash joined the city back in 1993, and accepted the $78,000-a-year slot as the city considers outsourcing some functions of the department that includes tree trimming, trash pickups and landscaping functions. The city figures it could potentially save residents up to $1 million per year.
“We are excited about him accepting this high-profile city position,” said City Manager Ron Gorland. “He’ll bring a positive and open management style to public works and to the residents of Miami Springs.”
A resident of Miami Springs for 40 years, Nash helped Miami Springs earn its "tree city" designation in 1994. He hit the ground running in his official role starting last Tuesday.