Head of new Port St. Lucie department aims to streamline services



MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Carmen Capezzuto, 35

Carmen Capezzuto has worked for city of Port St. Lucie since 2001, serving as a project manager, emergency management coordinator and project coordinator.

He recently took on a new role as director of the newly named Neighborhood Services Department.

Despite its new name and new director, the department isn’t all that new. It simply streamlines city business.

“It pulls like services together,” said Capezzuto, who lives in west Port St. Lucie with his wife Danielle and son Noah.

The department is the umbrella for a list of community services, including Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement, Grants and Grant Administration, Affordable Housing Programs and Social Services, Neighborhood Planning, Solid Waste (administration), Keep PSL Beautiful, and City University.

Capezzuto, 35, is enjoying his new leadership role and loves his work with the city. For him, it’s more than just helping the community he enjoys. He also said he likes helping members of his staff grow as professionals.

“I can’t do it all,” he said. “I don’t expect to, so I want everyone in the job loving what they do and excelling at what they do.”

For Capezzuto, working for the city has become so much more than a job. For him, it means family.

In his new role, he will streamline services and look at ways to collect data and measure the effectiveness of the department.

“This role allows me to assess, evaluate, review and improve all aspects of the expanded department,” Capezzuto said. “My tenure with the organization affords me with the ability to hear all concerns, collaborate with the team and do the right thing.”

Capezzuto said he is still in the process of defining strengths and weaknesses, but his goals involve standardizing procedures and looking at the effectiveness of the departments.

“We deal with so many issues that standardizing our processes and procedures will allow us to become more efficient and responsive to citizen concerns,” he said.

And it’s in those ways that he feels he can make a difference.

“Working for the city allows me to feel like I make a difference every day,” he said. “It could be a positive difference for one resident or dozens of residents. I just enjoy the volume of work and helping work get done.”



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