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In the spotlight at Brevard County Manager's Office

In the spotlight at Brevard County Manager's Office

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- Howard N. Tipton, County Manager



County Manager's Biography

Howard Tipton County ManagerWith 31 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Howard N. Tipton began serving as Brevard's County Manager in September 2009. He previously served as Deputy County Administrator for Orange County, FL; Chief Administrative Officer for the Orange County FL Clerk of Courts, and President and Chief Operating Officer for Team Classic Golf Services. He has an extensive background of support for community organizations and is currently on the United Way Board of Directors for Brevard County.

Mr. Tipton graduated with a B.S. from James Madison University (1981) and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida (1990). He also attended the Senior Executive Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has received the "Credentialed Manager" designation from the International City/County Manager's Association (ICMA).

Howard has been married to his wife Marion for 28 years and they have two children.



Deputy County Manager's Biography

Brevard County Assistant County ManagerWith over 23 years of Public Sector experience, Stockton Whitten has been with Brevard County since 1994 in positions ranging from Assistant to the County Manager, Management Services Department Director and since 2000 Assistant County Manager. Mr. Whitten also served as Interim County Manager in 2009. Prior to coming to Brevard County, he previously worked for Broward County as a Budget Analyst. He has also worked for both the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Governments.

Mr. Whitten is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Florida and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Florida. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Whitten lives in Rockledge with his wife and three children.



Assistant County Manager's Biography

Brevard County Assistant County ManagerMel Scott has over 17 years of Public Sector experience coupled with his years spent working in the development industry. Mr. Scott’s professional experience in Brevard County includes being the Director of the Planning & Development Department and his current position as the Assistant County Manager for the Development & Public Services Group. Prior to joining Brevard County’s team he worked for the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council and the Lake County Planning Department.

Mr. Scott is a native of Somers Point, New Jersey. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Tampa and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Scott lives in Floridana Beach with his wife and two children.


Assistant County Manager's Biography

With over 24 years’ experience in local government, Venetta Valdengo joined Brevard County Government in May, 2013 as an Assistant County Manager. Prior to her appointment, she worked for Orange County Government in various roles, including the Director of Parks and Recreations, Animal Services Division Manager, Facilities Management Division Manager, Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Services and Deputy Director of Administrative Services. She also has additional experience in Risk Management.

A registered nurse by training, Ms. Valdengo began her professional career in nursing working for several large medical centers and the U.S. Panama Canal Commission. After earning her B.A. in International Relations, she launched her career in government and later earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Ms. Valdengo was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a resident of Florida since 1980 and currently resides in Merritt Island. She has two sons.




Powers and Duties

The County Manager is the head of the executive branch of County Government, and is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners for the proper administration of all affairs of County Government not otherwise entrusted to an elected County officer. The Manager attends all regular and special meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and has the right to participate in its discussions.

County Manager's Office

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C
Viera, FL 32940
Fax: (321) 633-2115

Howard Tipton, County Manager
Michele Castro, Administrative Assistant
(321) 633-2001

Stockton Whitten, Deputy County Manager,
Sally Lewis, Administrative Assistant
(321) 633-2004

Mel Scott, Assistant County Manager,
Development and Public Services
Pamela Barrett, Administrative Assistant
(321) 633-2002


Venetta Valdengo, Assistant County Manager,
Community Services
Karon Dillon, Administrative Assistant
(321) 633-2003

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