About the County Manager
George Recktenwald, a 21-year veteran of local government management, was appointed to county manager March 5, 2019. He served as interim county manager from June 23, 2018 to March 5, 2019, following the retirement of Jim Dinneen.
Recktenwald began his career with Volusia County in 1997 as a public works supervisor and worked his way up to construction manager, road and bridge director, public works director, and public protection director. In February 2016 he was named deputy county manager with direct responsibility for the departments of Public Works, Public Protection, Growth and Resource Management, and Aviation and Economic Resources.
During his tenure with Volusia County, he has had extensive interaction with elected officials and the public and has worked with other local governments on large-scale planning and infrastructure projects such as regional water treatment and stormwater, transportation projects and city redevelopment projects.
His accomplishments include:
- Completing an award-winning Public Works department-wide efficiency study and plan, which resulted in ongoing savings of over $1 million per year.
- Overseeing the construction of the $81 million Ocean Center expansion.
- Reorganizing and introducing an updated Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue Division with a greater emphasis on beach and water safety.
- Installing Telestaff scheduling software in the largest divisions to better monitor and control personnel costs.
- Assuming responsibility for county operations in multiple FEMA events since 1996, including the $40 million debris cleanup following the three hurricanes of 2004.
Before joining the Volusia County team, he worked as a physics instructor and department chairperson at New Smyrna Beach High School (1995-1997), project manager for Sieg & Sons (1989-1995) and engineering technician/inspector for the Florida Department of Transportation (1986-1989).
Recktenwald has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2012 the American Public Works Association named him Public Works Director of the Year.