Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Plan Lineup Gets New Look

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Plan Lineup Gets New Look

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Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer

Mayor John Delaney has jostled the management team of the Better Jacksonville Plan after the abrupt resignation of the project manager in charge of building the ballpark and arena.

Besides manager Wayne Boy's departure -- delivered with a stinging letter last week -- from the $164 million sports projects, two other managers are being reassigned. Sam Mousa, the city's chief administrative officer, will have more hands-on control of the $2.2 billion plan that has faced mounting criticism and questions over its direction and finances in the past two months.

Delaney said yesterday the changes -- made over the past four days -- are not in response to problems but routine tweaking to continue improving direction of the massive plan.

"These are not earth-shattering changes," Delaney said, adding that increasing Mousa's role will give the Mayor's Office a better feel for potential public image problems.

Mousa said he intends to follow purchasing actions more closely and provide a more direct option for in-house communication, "smoothing bumps in the road." Project managers in the Public Works Department, he said, will now report directly to him and Public Works Director Joe Miller, instead of just Miller.

"I am disappointed with the realignment of my duties in regards to the Better Jacksonville Plan, but I will continue to serve the mayor and the city as director of public works," said Miller, a retired colonel who joined the city in 2000 from the Army Corps of Engineers. "I accept my assignment by the city and will continue to work diligently."

But Boy, hired last summer to oversee construction of the $34 million ballpark and $130 million arena, ripped the work environment created by the upper echelon of City Hall above public works. His letter said there was no real commitment to encourage employees. …

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