New Deputy Director among announcements made by new Villages District Director

Kenneth Blocker

Kenneth Blocker has been appointed as the new Deputy District Manager in the Villages District Office.

The appointment was announced Wednesday afternoon by District Manager Richard Baier, who this week formally accepted his new role following the retirement of former District Manager Janet Tutt.

Baier offered insight into the reorganization of certain functions and tasks in a presentation to the Village Center Community Development District Supervisory Board.

Blocker, who previously served as assistant superintendent with the Citrus County School Board, took over when he was named chief financial officer nine months ago at the Villages District Office.

Baier, who assumed the title of assistant district manager about 10 months ago, said it was important to keep the position for “relief purposes.”

Brittany Wilson, who had served as District Manager Tutt’s assistant, also gets a new assignment and will take on the role of Technology and Consulting Support Services Manager.

Human Resources will no longer take responsibility for risk management, but HR will take on the new task of strategic planning.

Many departments will remain largely unchanged, including Recreation and Parks, the Village Public Safety Department, District Property Management and Executive Golf Maintenance.

Carrie Duckett, longtime head of customer service, will take on a new role in communications. Duckett, who recently earned a master’s degree in business administration, will also add community standards to his portfolio.

Finally, Baier said the weekly Welcome Wednesday outreach effort will see some changes. He said about 60 hours of staff time is spent on Welcome Wednesday each month. However, very few residents attend the weekly presentation at the Lake Sumter Landing district office. On the other hand, about 1,200 people read the weekly Welcome Wednesday information posted on the website.

“We get more for our money there,” Baier said.

VCCDD supervisors were impressed with Baier’s presentation.

“It’s very well thought out,” supervisor Peter Evans said.

Daniel E. Murphy