CRA Director Search Continues

Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn has selected five finalists in the search to replace Anthony Lyons as director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

Candidates include three community development professionals from elsewhere in Florida, a candidate from Reno, and Kelly Fisher, who has been serving as interim CRA director since Lyons left Dec. 1 for a post in Boise, Idaho. Fisher has worked with the CRA since 2007 and has been involved in many of the agency’s projects since then.

Candidate Rebecca Bray served as the Pensacola CRA administrator from 2003 through November 2011.

Jeffrey Oris, who is a consultant in Florida communities and organizations, was the Martin County community development director from 2007 to 2009.

Constantino Purrinos was the Homestead city manager and director of development from 2009 through January 2011.

Peter Wallish is the interim redevelopment administrator and economic development manager for Reno. He has been with the City of Reno since 2007.

Blackburn, along with a group that includes Brad Pollitt from the College Park/University Heights CRA Advisory Board and Vivian Filer from the East Gainesville CRA Advisory Board, interviewed the candidates March 16. The Business Report will report on the candidate selected on its website,, after Blackburn makes a decision.

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