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Liz Johnson, MPA, CEP, PWS

Orange County Government
Environmental Program Administrator, Environmental Protection Division
Orlando, FL
Elizabeth R. Johnson
Assistant Manager, Orange County Environmental Protection Division
Orlando College; Winter Park, Florida, 1993
Masters in Public Administration - Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Rollins College; Winter Park, Florida, 1986
B.A. Environmental Science
Orange County Environmental Protection Division, Assistant Manager
October 2017 - Present 
Provides administrative assistance to the Division Manager.Provides advice to the Environmental Protection Officer on technical issues including environmental permitting, mitigation, attainment of environmental standards and modifications to existing or proposed new environmental legislation or standards.Frequent interaction with elected officials, environmental industry leaders and regulators.Responds to and resolves internal and external concerns/complaints.Assists in Division personnel matters including hiring, discipline, training and development, performance appraisals and related activities.Assists in the administrative direction for the Division, including budget development, procedures, grant administration and compliance.Monitors, analyzes, and reports on all facets of the Division’s operations, oversees and develops operational guidelines within the Division.Provides oversight of the Division’s role in surface water quality monitoring, impairment status, and water quality improvement projects.Performs other related duties as assigned.Orange County Environmental Protection Division, Environmental Programs Administrator
May 2004 – October 2017
Supervise staff of 45 full time employees as well as several on-call and interns: Lakes Management, including Aquatic Plant Management and MSTU/BU Management, Development Plan Review; Environmental Permitting and Compliance, Green PLACE, and Water Sciences (TMDL Assessment and Implementation and Field/Lab Services)
Reviews and prepares recommendations to the County Commission on environmental permit issues, ordinance changes or other matters of public policy as it relates to the Division’s programs and environmental issues.Responsible for technical oversight for NRM programs to the BCC/EPC/Commissioners/other environmental agencies/environmental groups, reviews ordinance/Comp Plan changes, potential delegation of programs from FDEP, and provides input to pending regulations/legislation.Prepares, coordinates and reviews consent agendas and discussion reports for coordination with the Division Manager.Meets with the Mayor, County Commissioners, County Administration and other senior staff, and attends Board meetings as needed to provide information on environmental quality, impacts, and permits, and other issues related to the environment.Interpret and enforce Chapter 15, Environmental Control of County Ordinances.Prepares and manages the Natural Resource Management budget and ensure the effective delivery of services and compliance with established fiscal policy guidelines.Manages Natural Resource Management personnel matters to include hiring, discipline, training and development, performance appraisals and related activities.Performs other related duties as assigned.St. Johns River Water Management District, Maitland Florida
1988 – May 2004
Supervising Regulatory Scientist over 8 Regulatory Scientist at the SJRWMD Maitland Service CenterProvide technical oversight and guidance for implement State ERP Codes.Hiring for position vacanciesConducting performance evaluations and professional development plansPerforming disciplinary action
Certified Environmental Professional, June 2007, Officer Position: President of the Board of Trustees
Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Since 1995