TAVARES — In response to the recent director vacancy in the Lake County Conservation & Compliance Department, Lake County Manager David Heath has selected Jim Stivender, Public Works Director to oversee the operations of the Conservation & Compliance Department on an interim basis. Stivender will take on the new responsibility immediately, in addition to continuing to oversee the Public Works Department.
“Jim has in-depth knowledge of many functions within county government,” said Heath. “I am confident that he, along with his management team, will maintain the continuity of operations within the department.”
With an annual budget of $3.8 million, and a staff of 51 full-time positions, the Conservation & Compliance Department is responsible for the county’s Code Enforcement, Probation Services and Animal Services divisions. The Animal Services Division oversees the county’s Animal Shelter operations, including pet adoptions.
The department serves to guarantee the fair and equitable enforcement of the Lake County Land Development Regulations, the Animal Control Ordinance and other elements of the Lake County Code; and to enforce any violations in order to protect property rights and value, and to ensure the health and safety of its citizens to maintain a higher quality of life.