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County hires new engineer

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BROOKSVILLE - Angel Roussel is the county's new engineering division manager and will start July 22.

Roussel replaces former manager Dale Ravencraft, who resigned in August 2012 after refusing to write a disciplinary notice against an employee he thought was undeserving of blame.

Roussel will make $80,000 annually, roughly $10,000 less than Ravencraft made.

Roussel received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in May 2000.

From 2000-07, he worked for Caribbean Industrial Construction where, as project manager, he worked more than 25 projects totaling more than $50 million.

From November 2007 to the present, Roussel was utility project manager for Marion County. While there, Roussel said he moved projects through various phases of budget, design, permit, bidding, award and construction.

Also in Marion County, he performed in-house design on multiple projects ranging in construction value as high as $1 million, according to his resume.

Roussel will work in the county's environmental services department and be responsible for water and sewer services, solid waste and recycling, water conservation-education, mosquito control and engineering.

Mark Morgan, project design engineer with the county, said Hernando County has not had to farm out any projects to consultants in the 10 months since Ravencraft left.

"Most of our projects are long term and last a few years," Morgan said in a memo. "Since his departure, most of the new projects that were started (and) were given to consultants involved the sewer flow diversion study and hydraulic modeling which would have been outsourced regardless of his departure."

Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning and Director of Administrative Services Cheryl Marsden made the hiring decision.

"What made him stand out from other applicants is his experience in the public sector, working for another county," Marsden said in an email. "Also, his demeanor. He is very calm and well spoken but he has a desire to work for a larger engineering department where he can get a lot done."

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