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City of Beaufort makes staff promotions

  • Roper
  • Pugliese

The city of Beaufort has announced a pair of promotions it says will better align its staff with City Council’s strategic plan.

Linda Roper will be the city’s director of downtown operations and community services effective May 1.

Roper will continue to oversee the municipal court, parking management, the Waste Pro refuse contract and other community service contracts.

Her new responsibilities include oversight and management of all city-related downtown operations and contracts. She will manage contracts for services, all lease agreements and requests for use of city facilities in the downtown core district.

Roper also is the liaison with the Beaufort Digital Corridor, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation and the Cultural Arts Council. She will work closely with chambers of commerce and the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission to promote economic development and growth.

“Linda is dedicated to improving Beaufort, and we look forward to the expertise she will bring to her new responsibilities,” City Manager Bill Prokop said in a news release. “We are fortunate to have her.”

Roper, a Beaufort native and graduate of Beaufort High, has served the city for 28 years.

Neal Pugliese, a recent addition to the staff as senior project manager, will be the new director of public projects and facilities/military liaison.

Pugliese will be responsible for all construction and infrastructure projects, including Boundary Street, the energy savings performance contract with Johnson Controls Inc., and day dock/marina improvements.

Pugliese will also oversee emergency management efforts, engineering, military relations and public works. Director of public works Lamar Taylor will report to him.

Pugliese will be responsible for staffing, contracts and executing contracts related to infrastructure projects.

“Neal brings to us a wide range of experiences in the Marine Corps, and his organizational skills are exactly what we need to synchronize all projects, of varying sizes, within the city.” Prokop said. “He’ll be working closely with all city departments, but especially planning, finance and human resources.”

Pugliese was a career Marine, retiring as a colonel. His background included strategic planning, facilities management and data analysis. His last assignment before retiring was director of operations for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

“Our strategic plan has five basic goals for us to accomplish within two years,” Prokop said. “We need to make some alignments to our organizational structure to more effectively achieve our goals, and we will be reporting to council and the community regularly about our progress.”

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