Palm Beach County: let’s do more for lifeguards

092516-pbc-lifeguards-3Palm Beach County Commissioners told county lifeguards Tuesday they still can’t stand with them on a “special risk” category for better benefits. But the county said it would help them to try to get the rules changed in Tallahassee. And maybe give them a raise.

For decades, lifeguards have tried to get the state-permitted classification, which would nearly double the amount of their Florida Retirement System pensions and would allow them to retire earlier.

They made their case at a Sept. 13 County Commission meeting, started a petition campaign and argued again at Tuesday’s meeting.

If the county concurred with the lifeguards, it would have to make EMT certification mandatory for all of them, including the 35 of the 94 lifeguards who aren’t certified, Assistant County Administrator Nancy Bolton told commissioners Tuesday. She said that would cost about $511,000 a year.

“We do not believe we have a legal basis” to back the lifeguards’ attempts, Bolton said.

She said the proper solution would instead by state legislation, and, if commissioners so directed, her staff would push for it.

The commission directed staff to research that, and changing lifeguards’ job description to avoid complications, and giving lifeguards raises.

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Palm Beach County staffer promoted to head of risk management

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Scott Marting is Palm Beach County’s new director of risk management. Marting, who had been the department’s manager of property and casualty insurance and claims, was promoted to replace Nancy Bolton, who after 12 years left the post in March when she was promoted to assistant county administrator, along with Todd Bonlarron, Palm Beach County’s lobbyist to the Legislature for 15 years, and retired St. Lucie County Administrator Faye Outlaw, a West Palm Beach native. County Administrator Verdenia Baker announced Martin’s promotion at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.

 

Palm Beach County’s legislative lobbyist one of 3 new assistant administrators

Todd Bonlarron, Palm Beach County’s lobbyist to the Legislature for 15 years, is one of three new assistant county administrators, current administrator Verdenia Baker confirmed late Wednesday.

Also selected: Nancy Bolton, the county’s director of risk management for 12 years, and former St. Lucie County Administrator Faye Outlaw, a West Palm Beach native.

They replace Vince Bonvento and Brad Merriman, both of whom retired earlier this year, and Jon Van Arnam, whom Baker in September promoted to the deputy administrator post she’d vacated when she was picked to replace the retiring Bob Weisman.

“With change comes opportunity for different perspectives and renewed energy,” Baker said in an email to county commissioners and county staff. “All of these individuals are well qualified and possess unique qualities that will serve the residents of Palm Beach County well.”

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