Brian Armstrong was appointed executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District during the agency’s Tuesday board meeting.
“I’m truly humbled that I have the opportunity to lead such a talented staff,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong will succeed Robert Beltran who announced his resignation earlier this month. Beltran, who has been Swiftmud’s executive director since September 2013, is leaving to go back to the private sector. He will stay temporarily at Swiftmud to help with the transition.
Armstrong has served as the district’s assistant executive director since May 2014. In that role, he oversaw the operations, maintenance and construction, regulation, and resource management divisions. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in water resource management.
Armstrong is the former assistant director for the Department of Environmental Protection’s southwest district. While there, he led the restructuring of the DEP district operations by reducing costs and improving internal operating performance, including the creation of a successful compliance management team. Before that, Armstrong was the water supply and resource development manager for the district.
Armstrong is a licensed professional geologist who earned his bachelor’s degree in geology and his master’s in hydrogeology from the University of South Florida.