Public works director Furman departs county

Santa Rosa County is looking for a new public works director after parting ways with the current director this week.

Stephen Furman

Stephen Furman is no longer affiliated with the county after being asked to step out of the position, County Administrator Dan Schebler confirmed Friday.

“This is the hardest decision I’ve made since I’ve been with the county,” he said. 

Schebler said the change is part of a larger restructuring effort within the county departments to improve outcome for the citizens of the county. 

“It is a step to improve level of service to our residents,” he said. 

According to his LinkedIn, Furman has worked for Santa Rosa County in several capacities since 1995. He became Assistant Public Works Director in 2005 before later transitioning into the director’s position. 

The Public Works Department handles a variety of tasks within the county including road and drainage maintenance, mosquito control, street signage and more. 

Assistant County Administrator Mark Murray will fill the position in the interim while the county advertises the position to find a replacement.

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