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Public Works Director Bruce Wagner Brings Winning Attitude To Wellington’s Staff By Callie Sharkey

Bruce Wagner, director of the Public Works Department for the Village of Wellington, believes that “without your team, you’re nothing.” This phrase is a mantra for everything, from his love of sports to his management style. But 2004 was a difficult “I started out in the hurricane season. It meant Parks & Recreation DeWagner was spending more partment as the supervisor and more time managing of the grounds,” Wagner properties and away from recalled. “Then I went to home. His wife began reoperations manager of searching positions further grounds and facilities, but north and found an openthe last 10 and half years, ing with the Village of WelI’ve been here at the Public lington. Works Department.” “Within two weeks, I His journey to Wellingwas hired, and I’ve never ton was unusual for adlooked back. It has been a ministrators working in the great experience coming government sector. Waghere,” Wagner said. “We all ner, a native of New York’s care about each other. It is Long Island, spent most of Public Works Director Bruce Wagner with Bill Conerly and Marco Roselli. definitely a family because his career working in construction and various forms of landscap- it; loved everything about it,” Wagner you spend all this time with each other. ing. said. “Most landscapers don’t know all Communication is the key, and it has “I did have a partnership with my the characters and stuff about the park, never been better.” After nearly 14 years with the Village brother in landscaping for about 15 but I did. I jumped in with both feet.” years. I went to college for commercial A few years later, however, the Wag- of Wellington, Wagner has found a secart, believe it or not, and then I started ners moved back to New York to be ond version of the happiest place on to gravitate toward landscape design,” closer to family and had their first child. earth. At approximately 46 square miles, Wagner explained. “Then I worked for Shortly after his daughter turned one, a lighting company in Long Island and they moved back to Florida and brought Wellington is about the same size as took over running the grounds.” the family with them this time. Living Walt Disney World. Some days it’s like In 1996, Wagner and his wife moved in Coconut Creek, Wagner started the Tomorrow Land, some days it’s like to Florida for the first time. They chose next chapter of his career with humble Fantasy Land and some days it’s like Adventure Land. It’s never dull. “There Orlando, where he landed a position beginnings. that ended up being a dream job — “I worked for Home Depot in the is something new every day in public working for Walt Disney World. outside garden area,” Wagner said. “It’s works, and we love it,” Wagner said. The Public Works Department is cru“I was like a test project for Disney at amazing the amount of people you start that time. HR hired me directly off the meeting. After a couple of months, I cial to the mission of Wellington. “Public works takes care of the infrastreet, which was not normal for them. went to work for a management comstructure, including roadways, canals, It was a match made in heaven. I loved pany.” 78

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