Brian Armstrong was appointed as the executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District in June 2016.
Armstrong had previously served as the District’s assistant executive director where he provided daily oversight of three Divisions and more than 400 staff. As the assistant executive director, Armstrong introduced Six Sigma principles to the District creating a program to successfully reduce waste and unnecessary processes, saving money and time; introduced SMART goals to the District’s employee evaluation system, establishing quantifiable metrics for employee performance; oversaw the development of the District’s first Business Plan using a balanced score card approach to establish key performance indicators and metrics to define verifiable operating and resource requests, and served as District negotiator for the successful development of the Polk County Regional Water Cooperative, involving Polk County and 17 separate municipalities.
Armstrong has more than 15 years of experience in water resource management. He previously served as the assistant director for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Southwest District. 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 to reduce redundancy and create greater inspection efficiencies; worked with assistant district directors statewide to develop consistent performance standards, SMART goals and level of service work plans, and established the DEP Southwest District’s first Business Plan by focusing Senior Staff on targeted budget reductions, compliance and permitting goals.
Prior to the FDEP position, Armstrong served as the Water Supply and Resource Development manager for the District where he directed a multidisciplinary staff of engineers, professional geologists, hydrologists, conservation analysts and environmental scientists toward common goals through self-motivation, team building and delegation of responsibilities.
Armstrong is a licensed professional geologist, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology and his Master’s Degree in Hydrogeology from the University of South Florida.