Manatee picks Gore to direct utilities

July 3, 2013 

Mike Gore to direct county's utilities department

MANATEE COUNTY -- Mike Gore, Manatee's longtime solid waste division manager, has been selected out of 100 applicants as Manatee County's new Utilities Department director. County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will recommend Gore's formal appointment for County Commission approval at the Board's July 30 meeting.

Gore will replace Dan Gray who is retiring July 12 after 30 years with Manatee County. Gray helped bring about the Manatee Agricultural Reuse System, established a local neighborhood distribution waterline replacement program at no cost to customers and helped bring about the sludge dryer and landfill gas projects.

"Mike's knowledge of our systems, his dedication, professionalism and most of all his outstanding leadership skills made him the standout candidate," Hunzeker said. "He will serve you, the county citizens and his staff with the highest personal and professional standards."

Gore was hired by Manatee County Government in 1984 as a part-time distribution tech assisting with water service installations and repairing broken water lines. He worked 14 years with Manatee County Utilities Water Division. In 1998 he became the Lena Road Landfill superintendent.

Officer Gow named BPD's top cop in July

BRADENTON -- Patrol Officer Jay Gow has been named Officer of the Month for July by the Bradenton Police Department.

Sgt. Shane Shehorn nominated Gow.

"He is an experienced officer, who is a consistent and proven performer," Shehorn said in the nomination. "Officer Gow is constantly challenging himself and others to reduce crime within District 2/Zone 4. 

"Officer Gow takes the initiative to meet with detectives on a routine basis, and also the department's crime analyst, in order to determine any crime trends that may be occurring in his assigned zone."

In May, Gow was responsible for 35 arrests, 51 written reports and four crash investigations.

Kidnapping rescue hero honored by BPD award

BRADENTON -- Telecommunicator Kristi Kelly has been named Civilian Employee of the second quarter by the Bradenton Police Department for her role in saving a kidnapping victim.

Kelly was nominated by Communications Center Supervisor Cindy Dudar.

At 12:30 p.m. June 8, the BPD answered a phone call from South Carolina. The caller said her cousin had been kidnapped, and was being held at an unknown location in Bradenton.

Kelly called back and remained on the phone with the complainant for 18 minutes getting as much information as possible.

Kelly found the suspect's name by using resources available, according to a BPD release, and sent officers to the suspect's residence where the victim was rescued. The suspect however, fled the scene but was pursued by officers and shot to death after a confrontation ensued a few blocks away.

Deputy of Month saved knifed victim while off duty

MANATEE -- Adesh Ragoonanan of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has been named Deputy of the Month for saving a stabbing victim while off duty.

Ragoonanan was home May 19 when his wife alerted him to a suspicious person near his MSO vehicle. The deputy went outside and found two people, including one bleeding from a stab wound to the chest.

Ragoonanan performed first aid on the victim while obtaining information. Ragoonanan directed another person how to apply pressure to the wound while he spoke to deputies en route. Ragoonanan then confronted the suspect who fled on foot.

Rather than pursuing the suspect he remained with the victim. Ragoonanan is credited with the victim surviving his wounds, and developing a suspect in the case.

LWR Business Allliance plans monthly social

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The monthly networking social event of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is set 5-7 p.m. July 10 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court.

The social is an opportunity to meet and mingle with members. Advanced registration is required and limited to the first 200 guests.

The event is free for LWRBA members or $20 for non-members.

Register at or contact

South library presents foster care program

BRADENTON -- A program on foster parenting will be help at 1 p.m. July 9 at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W. Katrina Stallings, the foster home licensing coordinator for Camelot Community Care, will present a program entitled "Make a Difference: Foster a Child."

During the two hour presentation, she will share information about the requirements, training, and skills needed to be a foster parent. The program is free. No prior registration is necessary.

Information: 941-755-3892.

-- Herald staff reports

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