Pinellas County has hired a new assistant county administrator, Bill Breckinridge, a U.S. Navy veteran and engineering professional with 20 years of experience, ranging from public works to environmental management.
Breckinridge, who started work Monday, will oversee the following county departments: the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, public works, and solid waste and utilities. He replaces Pick Talley, who held the position on an interim basis since last year and previously served Pinellas County for nearly two decades leading up to retirement.
As a commander in the U.S. Navy, Breckinridge served at home and abroad; more recently, he managed logistics while stationed at the Pentagon. His professional background has encompassed capital projects, utilities, facilities program management, budgeting, and energy and environmental management. He is a registered professional engineer and certified energy manager with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the excellent team at Pinellas County and work with our partners to deliver first class services to all of our citizens,” Breckinridge said.
Breckinridge brings a focus on leadership and collaboration as he works to guide his departments in fulfilling the county’s strategic goals.
“We are excited to welcome Bill to the county,” Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard said. “His diverse career background and proven leadership will be great assets as the county continues to fulfill its mission of doing things to serve the public.”