TAVARES — County Manager David Heath this week announced his final selections for two key leadership positions within the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. Bill L. Veach, most recently a director for a state agency, started this week as the deputy county manager. Robert Chandler has been promoted to the position of director of the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, from his prior role as coordinator with the same department.
“It was very important that I select professionals who can help me carry out the Board’s vision for Lake County,” Heath said. “Bill (Veach) brings to the table more than 25 years of public-sector experience in a wide range of areas.”
Veach’s most recent position since 2006 was as director of the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation – Division of Hotels and Restaurants, in Tallahassee. Prior to that role, he served as the Flagler Beach city manager and before that, the Okeechobee city administrator. He also has served as executive director for two 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, Keep Brevard Beautiful in Cocoa, and the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Chandler was an associate at Fishkind & Associates, Inc. and an account coordinator at IMG, before joining the Lake County Board of County Commissioners in 2011. He earned his Master of Business Administration in Real Estate and Marketing from the University of Florida, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Davidson College. Chandler graduated from Leesburg High School and is native to Lake County.
“Our economic development and tourism initiatives are foremost to the county’s future,” Heath said. “It is anticipated that the valuable knowledge, skills and abilities that Robert (Chandler) brings to the position will take the department to the next great level.”