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Richard E. Gehring - Strategic Policy Administrator
Richard Gehering
Phone: 727-815-7092
As the Strategic Policy Administrator and Planning and Development Administrator for Pasco County, Florida, Mr. Richard E. Gehring is responsible for the Big Picture, Vision and Policy direction for major opportunities in Economic Development, Capital Improvement, Planning, Public and Private Partnership Projects, and Intergovernmental Policy efforts.  In addition, he is also responsible for all current and long-range planning and land use polices, Developments of Regional Impact (Pasco has 19 DRI’s), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (a division which programs all modes of transportation to meet the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT), the Zoning and Intake Department, and Code Enforcement.  He is liaison to TBARTA, TBRPC, MPO/TMA, Pasco Economic Development Council, and Tampa Bay Partnership.  

Mr. Gehring has been founding chairman of the Suncoast Section of the Florida Chapter APA and recognized by the Florida Chapter APA Suncoast/Sections as Planner of the Year for 2010. He has managed public and private large-scale development planning and implementation in Florida and nationally. He and his wife Susan reside in Dunedin, Florida, where he has been the Planning Director, City Manager, and Mayor. Under Gehring’s leadership, Pasco County’s Planning and Development work products have been recognized by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and given the 3 “One Bay” Awards, and the McIntosh Award of Distinction.  The 1000 Friends of Florida have given Pasco County the Better Community Award for its Mobility Fees Program to manage transportation funding and sprawl. 

Mr. Gehring attended the University of Virginia where he received his Masters in City Planning-Urban Design & Development, the Christopher Newport of College of William and Mary where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Public Administration, the Hampton University, and the University of Florida for Architectural Studies.  Mr. Gehring has historic membership relationships with ICMA, FCMA, APA, AICP, NAIOP, ULI, and NAHB. 

Gina Watson-Haley - Executive Assistant
Phone: 727-815-7092, ext. 7394
As Executive Assistant to the Strategic Policy Department, Gina handles highly complex and specialized administrative responsibilities. She acts as a representative of and liaison between the Strategic Policy Administrator and county employees, citizens, and other customers. She is actively involved in multiple ongoing projects within the department, for example: the SWOT Analysis meetings and Citizen's Academy with Government Affairs, research for Economic Growth on the homeless situation in Pasco county, and helping Tourism with their website, proofreading, and other needs. 

Her history working in graphic design, technical writing, training, curriculum development, software development, accounting and statistical analysis makes her uniquely qualified to help in a variety of areas as each of the divisions under the Strategic Policy Department works to meet their goals. She has expertise with a large number of business-related software programs. Her experience in a multiple leadership roles, both at work and in the community, gives her added insight into the needs of each group and the ability to think outside of the box in working through various issues that arise. Her years spent working with the State of Florida with federal codes and programs gives her added insight into how government works.

Although a relative newcomer to Pasco County, Ms. Watson-Haley is a native Floridian who is happy to be back in Central Florida.