Lake Worth creates new position it believes will help with code woes

Lori Milano, Lake Worth’s new assistant director of operations for the community sustainability department.

LAKE WORTH — As the city’s director of community sustainability, William Waters has one of the city’s biggest — and most frustrating — jobs.

His department includes the code compliance division, economic development, building and planning.

That’s why the city in its budget for fiscal year 2017 created an assistant director of operations position to free up some of Waters’ time.

Lori Milano officially started Feb. 6 in that role.

Milano is no stranger to code issues, having worked in Fort Lauderdale for nearly 20 years as that city’s code enforcement chief before leaving in 2005.

She has since worked for Seminole Tribe of Florida, heading up their housing department and the United Way of Broward County.

Milano said Lake Worth was a good fit at this stage in her career.

“I love working with people and helping to raise the bar in the city,” Milano said. “I like the quaintness of the city and I see the city is excited about growing.”

Waters said he was impressed with Milano’s experience.

“She oversaw in Fort Lauderdale a department that included building, fire plan review, inspections and code, things that really need to be addressed in Lake Worth,” Waters said. “She had an operational background and in her interviews she had some really good ideas on how to bring code compliance into the 21st century, particularly outreach to the public.”

And how does Milano view her job?

“It’s something new and it’s kind of evolving,” she said. “Anything I can do to provide support to William is what I’ve been tasked with.”