Max Crumit Won't Stay On as Metro Orlando's Interim Director
By: Brenda Stokes
on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Three months ago, Max Crumit took the title of interim director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, a Metro Orlando agency. However, despite his stellar performance, he's declining the opportunity to take on the job full time because he's not fond of all the public attention the position is garnering him.
It seems Crumit has played a vital role in his interim position by moving the Wekiva Parkway project forward in the state. Likewise, he was instrumental in holding off the state from attempting to consolidate the authority into other agencies.
The previous director resigned because he was pressured to do so and Crumit took on the position for considerably less money than his predecessor. And it's not like he's new to transportation. He's worked on numerous projects in the past for decades and has even worked with the authority on consulting projects. A part of his hiring agreement was to not provide contracts to those he's previously worked with.
Prior to his current position, Crumit was the senior vice president of RS&H of Jacksonville. Because of all of this experience, the interim director position comes easily to him. He's familiar with the territory and what's required to get the job done. His primary focus now is improving public relations and the company's image as the authority searches for his eventual replacement. Someone may not be found for another six months or so.
Other tasks on Crumit's table have included making the authority's finances transparent and improving company ethics. Just about everyone at the company wants him to stay, but it doesn't appear to be in the cards.