The Sarasota County Health Department's Ringling Boulevard building will now be called the William L. Little Health & Human Services Center after the retired deputy county administrator.
Sarasota County commissioners unaimously voted on the gesture Tuesday to honor Deputy County Administrator Bill Little, who retired today after 44 years of public service, according to the county.
The recommendation for the honor came from County Administrator Randall Reid. During the last 18 years, Little served as Director of Health & Human Services and as Deputy County Administrator.
The commission also issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 26 as "Bill Little Day" in Sarasota County. The proclamation cited Little's experience in health services, policy development, fiscal planning and disaster response, along with his extensive involvement in community organizations.
"Sarasota County is a better place to live as a result of Bill's vision, knowledge and dedication," Reid said. "Naming the Health & Human Services building after him is an appropriate acknowledgement of Bill's leadership and stewardship.
"Bill has made significant contributions to health and human services in our community, implementing innovative and systemic solutions by recognizing and promoting collective partnerships," Reid added. "Bill's career of public service has spanned an exceptional range of public health service where he identified and developed programs to meet community health needs. He also has served as a principled leader, policy advisor and mentor to county staff in his public service to the county and as Deputy County Administrator."
Little was a founding member of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, the Behavioral Health Stakeholders Consortium, the Criminal Justice Commission, the Family Safety Alliance, Community Organizations Active in Disasters, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, the Healthy Start Coalition and the Health Provocateur Project.