LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Ryan Heise, who started working at Lakewood Ranch as an irrigation technician in 2005 and quickly rose to become Town Hall operations manager in 2007, is headed to the resort community of Egg Harbor, Wis., to take a new job as village administrator.
Paul Chetlain, maintenance manager at Lakewood Ranch, has been selected to replace Heise, whose last day will be Sept. 24.
Heise's departure is the second recent high-profile change at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.
Eva Rey, executive director of Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, is scheduled to move to The Viera Co. on Florida's east coast to become director of community management. Her resignation becomes effective Oct. 8.
Lakewood Ranch supervisors are now conducting a nationwide search to find a replacement for Rey.
As of Wednesday, about 15 persons had applied for Rey's job, including Anne Ross, assistant town manager of Longboat Key.
Others who have applied include Tom Thanas, former city manager of Joliet, Ill.; and Kurt Kutney of Wellington,
former deputy city manager of Belle Glade.
The posting for the executive director job closes Sept. 11.
On Sept. 30, Lakewood Ranch supervisors are scheduled to review resumes and winnow the field. Interviews for finalists will be held the week of Oct. 5.
Heise, 33, majored in urban planning at Western Michigan University before coming to Florida.
His accomplishments include the $2 million maintenance facility at 15207 59th Ave. E., completed early and under budget in 2013. Equally important was "building an excellent staff of good people that care," Heise said Wednesday.
After Heise became operations manager, the staff began doing more preventive maintenance.
Heise also led efforts to introduce smart irrigation technology on 500 acres, and in applying green practices for lake maintenance.
The No. 1 takeaway for Heise as he leaves Lakewood Ranch is there is no such thing as too much communication when working with homeowners and district supervisors.
With six years experience working with Chetlain, who is roundly respected for his knowledge, Heise says the transition will be seamless.
"Paul has the institutional knowledge and the mechanical knowledge," Rey said. "He is always looking for the most economical way to do things."
Chetlain has deep roots in Manatee County. His father, Kent Chetlain, was a three-term Manatee County commissioner and former sports editor for the Bradenton Herald.
Chetlain graduated from Manatee High School in 1982 and served in the U.S. Navy. When he left the service, he earned an associate's degree from Manatee Community College, later renamed State College of Florida.
His work resume includes facilities management for the horticulture industry, and working with a technology company that supplied environmental and irrigation control technology for greenhouses.
"Ryan always made sure he kept his finger on the pulse of all the projects," Rey said. "He will make a great village administrator."
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.