Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte has selected Bob Turk, the Economic Development Director for the City of DeLand, as Sanford’s new Economic Development Director.
Prior to going to work for the City of DeLand, Turk was director of Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Development Partnership. In addition to leaving his post with the City of DeLand, Turk will resign as chairman of Team Volusia's Economic Development Practitioners Council.
Turk's previous positions included Project Manager for the Disney Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Center in Orlando and Director of Economic Development for Seminole County.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work for a city that has such great potential for quality growth and development. Sanford has many resources that contribute to a strong business core and to its sustainability and vitality – the airport, the river, the rail, the interstate. We plan on taking advantage of those assets to elevate Sanford to the next level. I anticipate building strong partnerships throughout the county, the region and the state,” said Turk.
Bonaparte said, “There’s much opportunity in Sanford. Economic development is crucial to the sustainability of the city. I’m confident Bob will work to build Sanford’s solid economic footprint in Central Florida, for both now and for the future. We look forward to Mr. Turk being a valuable addition to Sanford’s management team.”
Turk will be earning a salary of $81,845.21. His first date of employment will be May 28. He replaces Nicholas Mcray, who left the position earlier this year.