New Assistant Manager Named For Palm Bay
By Space Coast Daily // October 2, 2014
Suzanne Sherman worked with the city since '07
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — A new assistant to the city manager has been appointed to manage a significant part of the city’s future, facilitating the long-term growth and development that will change the face of central Florida’s second-largest city.
Suzanne Sherman, a native of Miami who moved to Palm Bay in 2000 has worked for the city in various capacities since 2007.
Her new role as assistant to the city manager puts her at the forefront of managing some of the most significant growth and development projects that will be the foundation of the city’s future.
Among Sherman’s most significant projects is the new I-95 and Palm Bay Parkway Southern Interchange.
The project is not only vital to the region’s overall long range transportation plan, it is also a key driver of future growth in the city’s southern sector.
“We almost have a blank slate when you look at the southern portion of the city,” Sherman said.
“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a lot of great people and great organizations to build that area for the long term benefit of the city as a whole.”
The southern interchange, a project funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be located approximately 1.5 miles north of Micco Road. The project will also include the evaluation of a 4-mile long multi-lane connector road linking Micco Road to the southern terminus of the proposed Palm Bay Parkway at Babcock Street.
Sherman sees unlimited potential and positive financial impact with the completion of this project. The construction is expected to begin in July 2016 and will take approximately 2-3 years to complete.
As the city’s project manager she must coordinate with the key players including the property owners, FDOT, Brevard County, and the city departments as well as all the permitting agencies.
Sherman is also tasked with management of the city’s role in building and completing the Palm Bay Parkway in the city’s northwest corridor.
Phase I of the parkway is nearing completion in October and is a 1.5 mile, two-lane roadway between Malabar Road and Emerson Drive with extensions at Pace Drive and Emerson.
“These two areas, along with the US 1 corridor and the Palm Bay Road corridor near Harris, will be the foundation for economic growth for the next few decades,” said City Manager Sue Hann.
“We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber managing these projects for us.”
Sherman will also be working on updating the city’s Stormwater Utility study. Sherman has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.
She also holds designations in Risk management for Public Entities and Professional in Human Resources. She is a certified customer service trainer with the American Water works Association.
She has worked in local government for more than 10 years.