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One of the EGIS strategic themes is efficiency. Our Enterprise GIS is dependent upon having a centrally managed repository of geographic data. While maintenance of the data is decentralized, access to various agency geographic data is centrally managed. This means that a sophisticated system of databases, servers, high-speed networks and web technology must be available and continuously enhanced and maintained.

The GIS Organization Structure includes the GIS Policy Advisory Committee (GIS-PAC), the GIS Project Management Team (PMT) and the Palm Beach Countywide GIS Forum . The GIS-PAC is the steering committee, the PMT is responsible for the enterprise system (EGIS), and the Forum is its own not-for-profit GIS educational organization that brings in other government entities and the private sector. The GIS Forum holds bi-monthly networking and educational meetings and has produced over a dozen conferences, surpassing most state GIS conferences in attendance. The GIS Operations include:

Countywide GIS Coordination
Countywide GIS Coordination is housed in the ISS Department due to the service nature of the organization. GIS is a section of the IT Operations Division. Countywide GIS Coordination is responsible for:

  • Developing Partnerships
  • End User Coordination
  • Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Contract Administration
  • Planning
  • GIS Education
  • Public Relations
  • Managing the GIS Service Bureau

Currently there are two employees handling this function:

GIS Service Bureau

Palm Beach County established the GIS Service Bureau in ISS as part of their IT Operations Division. The Service Bureau maintains the EGIS technical environment, develops and maintains GIS web applications, performs quality assurance, manages enterprise addressing projects, publishes and handles the distribution of GIS data to both the public and private sectors. Internet applications developed include:

GIS Service Bureau Staff:

  • Manager -561-233-5305
  • Applications - 561-233-5007
  • Addressing - 561-233-5363
  • Data - 561-233-5491

As a member of the GIS Policy Advisory Committee, ISS plays a key role in supporting GIS activities in Palm Beach County. From administrative to technical, the ISS organization is positioned to facilitate the use and growth of Geographic Information technology both within the County government structure and extending outward to other local governments in the area.

GIS Policy Advisory Committee

The GIS Policy Advisory Committee (GISPAC) is the County's strategic steering group for GIS technology. The member agencies of the GIS-PAC are listed below. The resolution that established the GIS-PAC and outlines the duties and structure of GIS in Palm Beach County is located under GIS Documents.

  • County Engineering
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Fire-Rescue
  • Information Systems Services
  • Planning Zoning & Building
  • Property Appraiser's Office
  • Public Safety
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Water Utilities Department

GIS Project Management Team

The GIS Project Management Team is appointed by the GIS Policy Advisory Committee. Members include technical/managerial staff responsible for the review and recommendations of matters concerning GIS . The members represent core agencies that create, maintain and use geographic information. Their successful implementation of EGIS is attributed to the Self-Directed Team approach for the project team. These individuals are responsible, not only for their department's GIS mission, but also for the enterprise GIS activities as well.

Countywide GIS Coordination
Kelly Ratchinsky (561) 355-4252
Penny Anderson (561) 233-5377 or 355-4371 Fax 242-7527

Emergency Management/Public Safety
Beth Norton (561) 712-6487    Fax 712-6490

Engineering - Streetscape Division
Clara DiBella (561) 681-3808

Environmental Resources Management
Joyce Moody (561) 233-2438    Fax 233-2414

Jill Gregory (561) 616-7027    Fax 616-7013

Information Systems Services
Christine Benkly (561) 233-5305    Fax 242-7541

Planning Zoning and Building
Patricia Behn (561) 233-5332    Fax 233-5365

Property Appraiser's Office
John Enck (561) 355-4518    Fax 355-1528

Sheriff's Office
Lynette Fitzpatrick (561) 688-3426

Water Utilities Department
Danny Thorpe (561) 740-4624    Fax (561) 493-6045



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