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Last year, she was promoted to one of the top posts in the city, leading departments of traditionally male-dominated departments like transportation, wastewater and water.
Longtime employees like Ocea Wynn, who was named administrator for Community Affairs and Neighborhood Engagement, Barbara Tripp, named interim fire chief and Sherisha Hills, interim Parks and Recreation director have also been tapped for prestigious positions. And the mayor has brought back veterans like City Attorney Gina Grimes. Women now occupy slightly more than half of the leadership slots.
A community wants somebody that is going to do a good job. They want As police chief, Castor said she understood the importance of being a trailblazer — not just for fellow women officers, but for girls. She frequently tells the story of a mother approaching her at a civic breakfast to tell her that her nine-year-old daughter had seen Castor on television and announced that she now knew she could grow up to be anything.
Dingfelder ly served on City Council under former Mayor Pam Iorio and has noticed the difference in gender representation over the past decade.
Duncan said she never felt like Tampa was a good old boys club, nor did she experience any gender discrimination in her nearly two decades with the city. But, she said, more women in positions of power do bring attributes that benefits the city. Ocea Wynn, the neighborhood engagement administrator, agreed. Wynn, who is also an engineer by training, ed the city in She credits Castor with promoting qualified women when the opportunity presents itself.
Wynn pointed to a recent conversation with a Black man who had been frustrated by City Hall for years. They sat and talked about Thanksgiving traditions, their grandparents and other cultural touchstones before they discussed his zoning complaint. At the end of the day, she said, residents want competence.
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