TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Services announced Friday, June 16, the promotion of Mike Bowers to Director of the Water Resources Management Division.
Bowers is an eight-year veteran of Lake County Government beginning as an Environmental Specialist in April 1998 and receiving a promotion in November 2003 to Environmental Programs Supervisor. Since last month, Bowers has served as interim division director after the retirement of Allan Hewitt, who served Lake County Government for 12 years.
“In the time we have worked together, Mr. Bowers has clearly demonstrated his leadership abilities, his knowledge of environmental issues, as well as his concern for the citizens and staff,” wrote Gary Kaiser, Interim Director of the Department of Environmental Services, in a memorandum to County officials. “His educational background, work experience and knowledge of our County make him well suited for this position.”
Bowers’ previous experience includes working as an aquatic field biologist in the private sector and as a biology lab technician for the universities of Florida and West Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management and Planning from the University of West Florida and served in the U.S. Navy for three years. His career in environmental protection has led him to gain a host of state certifications, including stormwater management inspector, environmental assessor and petroleum storage tank inspector.
“Lake County is an amazing place to live and I look forward to continuing my service to its citizens in a leadership capacity,” Bowers said.
Bowers resides in Clermont with his wife Robin and two daughters, Kristen and Jessica.