Posted: 9:53 am Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
By Eliot Kleinberg
Roog replaces Alan Durham, who resigned in May after a year at the post. He’d earned $112,000.
The city has not yet set Roog’s new salary, but Muoio said it will be less than Durham’s because the position’s scope has changed, and so has the title, with the dropping of “executive.”
When Muoio had run for office, she pledged to hire an “economic czar” who would make West Palm Beach “open for business.”
Durham had come to the city soon after that as executive director of economic development, with ambitions of luring businesses downtown by building prime office space and developing incentive packages.
After Durham’s departure, “we did a lot of soul searching about what we really needed to have in that position,” Muoio said Wednesday.
She said Roog will be less an administrator and more a “go-to person. Somebody that knows how to manage a project. Knows how to follow through. We realized that Chris probably fits that bill better than anybody.”
Muoio had hired Roog, then the executive vice president of Gold Coast Builders Association, in December 2012 for the mayor’s assistant position, which had been vacant since Muoio took office in March 2011.
Roog’s salary at the time was $65,000.
Muoio said Wednesday she will refill Roog’s former post.
“I love the city of West Palm Beach, and look forward to bringing the city, businesses and residents together to help grow our community economically,” Roog said Wednesday.
Roog, 34, grew up in Lantana and was graduated from Lake Worth High School and Florida Atlantic University. He’ll start the new position on Oct. 1, the start of the new budget year.