By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- In a presentation that was part roast and part congratulatory, county staff and county commissioners gave their official thanks and goodbyes to Bob Keating, community development director, after 30 years of service to Indian River County.
In a PowerPoint presentation, something Mr. Keating was famous for preparing for reports, Stan Boling, who will follow Mr. Keating as community development director, highlighted some of Mr. Keating's accomplishments with a sprinkling of humor.
He cited Mr. Keating's early morning work hours as good examples of leadership and an excellent work ethic and his careful, logical and transparent planning process as good for those who worked under him and for county residents.
"He sets a high bar and he lives up to it," Mr. Boling said.
Commissioner Wesley Davis said for the past 30 years, whenever people talk about the high quality of life available in Indian River County, most of the credit should go to Mr. Keating for his planning and foresight.
Some of Mr. Keating's projects include long range transportation plans, an informative website, zoning maps, traffic impact fee regulations and developing an urban service area.
Mr. Keating will officially retire from service on Dec. 31, but Mr. Boling will take over early on in December.
Mr. Keating was hired by the county in March 1983 and had risen through the ranks being charged with various responsibilities and titles through the years.
Commissioners appeared to enjoy ribbing Mr. Keating during a presentation thanking him for his service, joking that he better have remembered to obtain permits to retire.
On his retirement Mr. Keating, an avid runner, plans to run, enjoy fitness activities and travel.
Commissioner Joe Flescher said he couldn't imagine what the county would be like without Mr. Keating at the helm of community development, but he is quite glad that Mr. Boling, Mr. Keating's right-hand man, is there to step in and continue bringing high-quality leadership to the department.
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