Development Services Director - Sumter County, FL

$78,968 - $146,890 yearly
  • Baker Tilly
  • Sumter County, FL, USA
  • Aug 02, 2022
Full time Community Development Economic Development Planning

Job Description

Sumter County (est. pop. 132,000), located in central Florida approximately 50 miles northwest of Orlando and 60 miles north of Tampa, has sustained a large increase in population in recent years due to the expansion of The Villages retirement community. Sumter County is blessed with an outstanding quality of life that includes a low cost-of-living index and mild winters, a mix of rural living intermingled with a strong agricultural economy, and small cities for new or established families.


The Development Services Director conducts highly responsible professional, administrative, and technical work in the management and administration of all Development Services Department activities as directed by the County Administrator. The Director oversees an annual department budget of $4,876,197 and 11 staff in planning and building/fire code/permitting and inspections. A fourth Planner position was recently approved and will bring the total staff to 12.


The starting salary for this position will be $78,968.16 - $112,919.04 - $146,890.80 depending upon experience and qualifications. Sumter County provides a large selection of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement through the Florida Retirement System. The county provides some benefits at no cost, while others require employee participation. Relocation assistance is not available.


This position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, or a closely related field; a Master’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely field is preferred. Six years of experience in a responsible position in planning and zoning, or a closely related field, and three years of experience in the use of geographical information systems in planning is required. Please see the recruitment brochure for additional education and experience requirements.


Qualified professionals are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by visiting our website at:


This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than September 1, 2022. For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or at (703) 923 8214.


Under Florida’s Public Records Act, information from your application is subject to public disclosure at any point in the recruitment process.


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Sumter County certifies that is an Equal Opportunity Employer.