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Notice of Acceptance of Applications for Upcoming Jacksonville Ethics Commission Vacancy

September 29, 2015
The City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission is currently accepting applications for a forthcoming vacancy on the Ethics Commission.  The Ethics Commission will select its new member for a three year term beginning January 2016 following the Commission’s review of all submitted applications and interviews of applicants.  The Ethics Commission is comprised of nine (9) members appointed by either designated City of Jacksonville governmental officials or the Ethics Commission.  The Ethics Commission is responsible for selecting three (3) of the nine (9) Commission members.  The upcoming vacancy is for an appointment by the Ethics Commission.    

Jacksonville's Film and Television Industry Celebrates Achievements

September 24, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry will join members of the Jacksonville City Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Motion Pictures, Television and Commercial Production, the Jacksonville Film & Television Office and other industry leaders to celebrate highlights in local film and digital media production at the 15th Annual Jacksonville Film Industry Reception. 

2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup a Success

September 24, 2015
Over 7 ½ Tons of Trash Collected in One Morning, Saving Taxpayers Nearly $50,000

The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful commission reported that the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup event, held Saturday, Sept.19, was a huge success in Duval County.  This year’s event yielded more than double the amount of volunteers and trash collected compared to the 2014 cleanup.

Mayor Names New Director of Intra-Governmental Services

September 18, 2015
Craig “CJ” Thompson has been appointed Director of Intra-Governmental Services for the City of Jacksonville.

In this capacity, Thompson will be responsible for leading the City’s Intra-Governmental Services Department, which includes the Procurement, Fleet Management and Information Technologies divisions, as well as the 630-CITY customer service center, the Grants and Compliance Office, and the Ombudsman Office.

Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup

September 16, 2015
Residents throughout the city are invited to participate in the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup event The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission.  This annual event, which provides volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

City Offices and Facilities Closed for Labor Day

September 03, 2015
Most city government offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  

Mayor Appoints Jason R. Gabriel as General Counsel

August 28, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry today accepted the recommendation of the General Counsel Search Committee and appointed Jason R. Gabriel as general counsel for the City of Jacksonville. 

Pursuant to Jacksonville City Charter Article 7, Section 7.03, a search committee headed by former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney advertised, interviewed, and then unanimously recommended Gabriel for the position.

Emergency Preparedness with JaxReady

August 28, 2015
JaxReady helps you monitor weather threats and plan for evacuation in the event of a natural disaster. JaxReady provides access to current threat levels, weather reports, and wildfire updates, as well as up-to-the-minute news feeds for emergency preparedness and evacuation.  Visit JaxReady.com or download the JaxReady mobile app.

Mayor Appoints Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

August 25, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry today appointed Jessica Baker as deputy director of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

Baker will join the three-person team, led by Ali Korman Shelton and assisted by Latanya Peterson, tasked with crafting and guiding state and city legislative policy and bills for Mayor Curry’s administration. 

Mayor Lenny Curry Announces Key Staff Appointments

August 21, 2015
Mayor Appoints Director for Military Affairs and Veterans Department and New Director of Public Affairs

Mayor Lenny Curry today appointed retired U.S. Navy Commander William S. Spann as Director of Military Affairs and Veterans Department and Ms. Marsha Oliver as Director of Public Affairs. 

Ms. Oliver currently serves as Chief of Public Relations and Marketing for the Duval County Public Schools.  Commander Spann currently serves as Mayor Curry’s Director of Public Affairs.

Mayor Lenny Curry Goes on the Record to Oppose Water Withdrawals from the St. Johns River

August 17, 2015
Asks Regional Water Planners to "Look for a Better Solution"

In a letter to officials of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI), a consortium of five Central Florida counties looking to siphon up to 155 millions of gallons of water daily from the St. Johns River, Mayor Lenny Curry has asked that water withdrawals from the upper and middle basins of the St. Johns River be put on hold until additional work exploring alternative water supply options is completed.

“While we are committed to working with the CFWI to develop a long-term strategy,” Mayor Curry said upon the letter’s release, “we’re asking those involved to look for a better solution in meeting that region's water supply needs.”

Transition Subcommittees Present Reports to Mayor Lenny Curry

August 06, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry’s Transition Subcommittees presented their final reports to the administration on Aug. 6 during a presentation at City Hall. The Transition Subcommittees convened individuals with knowledge and expertise from throughout the community to help the new administration address the diverse issues facing Jacksonville. To learn more about the Transition Subcommittees and read their recommendations, visit www.coj.net/transition

Mayor Lenny Curry Announces Key Staff Appointments

August 05, 2015
Mayor Appoints Directors for Office of Economic Development and Fire & Rescue Department

Mayor Lenny Curry today announced key appointments to the Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD). 

Kirk Wendland, current Director of Business Development at the architecture, engineering and construction firm Stellar, will serve as the director of OED.  Wendland has more than 28 years in the Jacksonville market, with previous experience as president of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and director of finance and administration for the Downtown Development Authority.

Kurtis Wilson, an 18-year veteran of JFRD, was appointed as Director and Fire Chief. Wilson is currently the captain of Marine Unit 39 and has previously served as division chief of Operations, Fire Prevention and Administrative Services. 

Macquarie Group Chooses Jacksonville for Expansion Into Southeast

July 30, 2015
Move Will Create 123 Local Financial Services Jobs

International financial services company Macquarie Group will open an office in Downtown Jacksonville, creating 123 highly skilled jobs over the next two years.

The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the project on Tuesday as Project Post, and Macquarie officials announced today they selected Jacksonville as the home for these jobs, which have an average annual wage of more than $64,000.

Mayor Presents Proposed Budget to City Council

July 21, 2015
Mayor Lenny Curry laid out his priorities and presented his proposed 2015-2016 Annual Budget to the Jacksonville City Council during a special meeting on Monday, July 20, 2015. View digital versions of the mayor's proposed budget and capital improvement plan at www.coj.net/myjaxbudget
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