James T. Dinneen
County of Volusia
Thomas C. Kelly
123 W. Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Jim Dinneen has 34 years of public administration experience. Before coming to Volusia County, Dinneen served as the city manager of Dayton, Ohio, from 2002 to 2006, following seven years as the assistant county administrator of Montgomery County, Ohio.
While in Dayton, Dinneen led various county and city departments including Public Works, Solid Waste and Fleet Management. He also served as a planner (mid-'70s) and a senior budget analyst (early '80s) for the City of Dayton.
Dinneen’s accomplishments in public administration while in Dayton include joint economic development projects, including a $23 million regional downtown theme park, jail and detention facilities, solid waste plants, and the redevelopment of numerous major city buildings.
Dinneen became the county manager for Volusia County in 2006. His financial leadership has resulted in tax savings of approximately $147 million. Dinneen has implemented 40 mini-budget workshops, held at each County Council meeting, to give the County Council an opportunity to be actively involved in identifying budgetary priorities and determining policy. His partnerships with Volusia municipalities have saved money and resulted in the completion of road projects.
Dinneen has focused on organizational alignments to create an efficient approach to customer service by restructuring the planning section to include zoning activities. He also combined zoning and building compliance to streamline the permitting process. Dinneen has implemented programs such as Green Volusia to conserve energy and implement environmentally friendly building practices. As part of the Smart Growth initiative, he established heightened environmental and minimum standards, such as the tree protection and gopher tortoise protection ordinances.
Dinneen effectively restructured the county’s internal operations to assume the responsibility of completing the Ocean Center’s $80 million expansion. This stabilized the project’s costs and allowed the Ocean Center to be completed on time and on budget.
He has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as undergraduate and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.