Frank Gargano was appointed ombudsman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District in November 2023. Gargano responds to public inquiries about District policies and practices. He provides information, answers questions and facilitates dispute resolution when issues arise between the public and staff.
Gargano has more than 25 years of experience. Prior to being appointed ombudsman, he was the agency’s Government and Community Affairs regional manager and field technician supervisor in the Regulation Support Bureau.
Gargano earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida. Gargano is a certified stormwater inspector by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, Gargano is alumni of Leadership Hernando through the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.