The Village of Estero keeps taxes low withgovernment liteoperations. Many functions, such as waste removal and road and landscaping maintenance, are achieved through partnerships with other municipalities and private companies. Led by Village Manager Steve Sarkozy, the lean Village of Estero staff handles all aspects of community development and many other governmental functions. Discover the functions of each department and find contact information below.


Estero Village Manager Steve Sarkozy

Steve Sarkozy

Village Manager


Steve Sarkozy came to the Village in November 2015 with 35 years of local government experience, the latest as City Manager for the City of Carlsbad, California. He also served as City Manager to City of Bellevue, Washington; City of Roseville, Minnesota; and City of Geneva, New York. As Village Manager, Sarkozy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Village, responsible to the Village Council. He will appoint and remove all Village employees, direct and supervise the administration of all departments of the Village, attend all meetings of the Village Council, ensure that all laws, Charter provisions, ordinances, resolutions and other acts of the Council are faithfully executed, prepare the annual operating and capital budget, and keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the Village.


Finance Department

Village of Estero Finance Director Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips

Finance Director


Chris Phillips joined the Village staff in August 2021 after having served in local government finance for 22 years. Phillips is a Certified Government Financial Manager through the Association of Government Accountants. He brings a vast background in local government finance including experience in budgeting, debt and treasury management, TRIM (Truth in Millage), financial reporting, human resources and employee health insurance administration.


Bob Franceschini, Procurement



Carla Faxel, Finance Clerk



Karen Gudella, Finance Clerk



Public Works Department

Village of Estero Public Works Director David Willems

David Willems

Public Works Director


David Willems has served as the Public Works Director for the Village of Estero since January 2018. He came to Estero with over 21 years of local engineering experience and is a recognized expert in stormwater management. As Public Works Director, Willems is in charge of the Villages construction and maintenance programs, including roadway, stormwater, landscaping, sidewalks and bike paths. Willems is a longtime resident of Lee County, graduating from Estero High School and currently living with his family in Estero.


Frank Cannella, Public Works Technician



Community Development

Village of Estero Community Development Director Mary Gibbs

Mary Gibbs, FAICP

Community Development Director


Mary Gibbs has been the Community Development Director for the Village since June 8, 2015, and previously was Director of Lee County Community Development for 23 years. She is a nationally certified planner and has worked in local governments in Florida since 1977. As Community Development Director, Gibbs manages the Planning, Zoning, Building Permitting, Site Plan review, Code Enforcement, and Inspections functions for the Village. This includes development of the Villages first Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to help guide the future growth and vision of Estero.


Matt Noble, Principal Planner



Jim Hart, Development Review Manager



Sandy Larsen, Development Review Engineer



Steve Fontz, Building Official


Kathy Eastley, Senior Planner


Jim Scialabba, Plan Reviewer


Stanley Knight, Code Compliance Officer


Sheryl Hopping, Permit Supervisor


James Gardner, Permit Tech


Cecilia Ramirez, Permit Tech


Maryann Devanas, Zoning Technician


Planning & Zoning

Lisa Reitbauer, Administrative Assistant


Marybeth DeGarmo, Building Administrative Assistant


Eliot Rodriguez, GIS Specialist


Don Gaunt, Building Inspector


John Serenko, Building Inspector


Matt Ingersoll, Building Inspector


Village Clerk Office

Village of Estero Clerk Carol Sacco

Carol Sacco, Village Clerk/Executive Assistant



Tammy Duran, Deputy Village Clerk



Carla Nebbia, Administrative Assistant



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