Oct. 29, 2021
Amy Tootle Selected as New Public Works and Facilities Director
Amy Tootle has been selected as the new Public Works and Facilities Director for the City of Pensacola. In this role, Tootle will be responsible for the oversight of all operations of the Public Works and Facilities Department, including maintaining city infrastructure such as facilities, streets, sidewalks, stormwater systems and more.
Tootle joins the city from Santa Rosa County, where she served as the Public Works Director, responsible for the oversight of engineering, surveying, inspections, fleet management, operations and maintenance. Her first day with the City of Pensacola is Monday, Nov. 15.
Tootle said she's incredibly honored to have been chosen for this position, and she is excited to continue her career in public service.
"I'm really looking forward to coming to the City of Pensacola and being a part of moving forward with the city," Tootle said. “I know redevelopment is a big priority, and I'm excited to look at how we can continue redeveloping Pensacola through Public Works initiatives.”
Tootle has a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and holds the designations of Florida Professional Engineer, Certified Public Manager and Florida Certified Contract Manager. She has nearly two decades of public works and engineering experience with Santa Rosa County, the Florida Department of Transportation, and various engineering firms.
Tootle has also served on the Committee on Construction Board with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and was a member of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Construction Management.
Throughout her many years of experience in public service, Tootle said the greatest reward is always being able to serve the citizens in the community and make a positive impact.
"The most rewarding part of public works is seeing the difference you make in the lives of residents when projects are completed," Tootle said. "When you get to see a problem solved for the public, I think that's the most impactful thing, because the difference is actually being felt."
Tootle's responsibilities as Public Works and Facilities Director will also include acting as a liaison with federal, state and local agencies. She will also serve as the Assistant Incident Commander for natural disasters that impact the City of Pensacola, in coordination with Escambia County, FEMA and other agencies participating in operations at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.
As the city's Public Works and Facilities Director, Tootle is appointed by Mayor Grover Robinson, and she will work under the direction of Deputy City Administrator David Forte and City Administrator Kerrith Fiddler.
"Public Works serves a vital role in the essential services that the City of Pensacola provides to our citizens, and I'm very excited to have Amy Tootle join the city to lead our team of dedicated Public Works and Facilities employees," Mayor Robinson said. "With her many years of public works and engineering experience, she will be a valuable addition to the City of Pensacola. I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas she'll bring to the table as the city continues to grow and develop."