24 apply for city manager

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By Pat Hibbs

The search for a Williston city manager has shifted into high gear among City Council members.

Twenty-four resumes for the position have been received in response to an ad placed in local papers and in communications of organizations such as the Florida League of Cities.

City Council members will rate the candidates on a numeric scale according to predetermined criteria. The top candidates will be interviewed and subject to further scrutiny.

The ad specified these qualifications for the "ideal" candidate: "A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration or Business Administration with 3-5 years of public employment in Florida with increasingly responsible administrative positions either at the City Manager or one step below," as well as more specific skills and knowledge.

The following are brief descriptions of each candidate, gleaned from the information on their resumes. They are presented in alphabetical order. Each summary includes education and pertinent experience.

Howard H. "Bill" Bailey, Dunnellon. BA, Franklin & Marshall College, major in history and business.

Major employment listed as RCA Corp finance sector. City council member, four-year term, no city or dates specified. In the 1980s, county manager of Saratoga, NY, three years, and Cumberland, Md., five years; city controller Lancaster, Pa., four years in the 1990s, county manager of Lancaster, Pa., no dates listed.

Joan Boyer, Cedar Lake, Ind. BS, Illinois State Univ.

Claims 20 years as city manager in towns from 3,000 to 25,000 population. No job specifics offered.

Michael I. Chuven, Daytona Beach. Seeking BA in Business from Univ. of Central Florida. Certificates in wastewater management.

Utilities director, Bunnell, FL 2006-08; operations manager, engineering consulting firm, four years.

Marcus M. Collins, Leesburg. BS, Environmental Management, two Master's degrees in Environmental Management and Occupational Health and Safety.

City manager, Crescent City, 2005-present; five years Public Services Director of Mount Dora; water, wastewater, gas director, Leesburg, four years; utilities director, Apopka, six years.

Ricky Crews, Minneola, Fla. No post-secondary degrees listed.

Currently works for Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project; public works director, Montverde, Fla., six years.

Joshua Eggleston, Monroeville, Ohio. Bachelor of Commerce in Business, King's Univ. College, Canada; Masters of Public Administration in progress, Cleveland State Univ.

Village Administrator of Monroeville, Ohio, 2007-present; village administrator, Thornville, Ohio, 16 months.

Jim Gallagher, Winter Haven. BA, King's College, with emphasis on urban planning; Masters of Public Administration, Nova Southeastern Univ.

Retired at present. Town Manager, Dundee, Fla., 2004-2006; personnel and risk manager, Cocoa, Fla., eight years; Mayor and chief administrator, Sebastian, Fla., three years.

Joseph Gerrity, Jr., Fernandina Beach. BA in political science, minor in public administration, Univ. of North Florida.

City commissioner, mayor and vice mayor, Fernandina Beach, seven years beginning 2001; real estate broker.

Jackie E. Gorman, Dunnellon. BA in public administration.

Community Development Director, Cedar Key, 2005-2008; community development director, Dunnellon, five years; City of Ocala subdivision/site planning and special projects, 1977-2000 with three-year hiatus.

Tammy Harris, Cocoa. BA in legal studies, MS in Criminology.

Lead Human Services Planner for the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners since July 2005.

Karen Hartman, Sarasota. BS; MBA

Currently district manager (for a public firm in Tampa) for a community development district; director of downtown/redevelopment district, Sarasota, three years; CRA executive director, Palmetto, seven years.

Patricia R. Jackson, Mulberry, Fla. No formal post-secondary education listed.

City manager of Eagle Lake, 2005-2008; city manager of Mulberry, 2000-2005; city clerk of Mulberry, 21 years.

Henry Lee Jenkins, Brandon. No formal post-secondary education listed.

Assistant city manager (and interim city manager) North Port, Fla., 2004-2006; assistant city manager, Jackson City , Mich., 1997-2004; Hillsborough County facilities management and franchises, four years.

Kenneth D. Knight, Dallas, Texas. BA, Political Science; MA, Public Administration, California State Univ.

Currently a public management consultant; city administrator, Port Orford, Ore.; County coordinator, DeSoto County, 15 months; town administrator, three towns in Maine.

David B. Kraus, Lake City. BA, DePauw Univ.; Masters of Public Administration, Indiana Univ.

Currently involved in family business; City Manager, Lake City, 7 months; city manager, Mount Holly, NC, six years; city manager, Lowell, NC, two years.

Stephen A. Marro, Zebulon, Ga. BS, New Hampshire College; MS in Economic Development, Univ. of Southern Mississippi.

Currently county manager, Pike County, Ga.; Executive director, Pike County Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Flagler, Inc., Sullivan County (New Hampshire.

Robert T. Mearns, Fort Walton Beach. BA, Univ. of Delaware; Master of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic Univ.

Currently management consultant for cities and special districts; city manager, Fernandina Beach, 3 1/2 years; city manager, Destin, two years; city manager, Orange City, three years; town administrator, Davie, three years.

H. Blake Proctor, Fairmont, NC. BA, Business Administration, UCF; Master of Public Administration, UCF; Ph.D. in Public Policy, Pacific Western Univ.

Currently town manager, (two years) Fairmont, NC; county manager, Clay County, Ga., three years; county administrator, Miller County, Ga., one year; city manager, Hickman, Ken., 3 1/2 years, York, SC, 1 1/2 years, Manchester, Ga., two years; Asst. city manager, Homestead, one year; town manager, Indialantic, three years.

Dennis R. Rogero, Jr., Palm City. BA, Criminal Justice, UCF; MA in Public Administration, UCF.

Budget director, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, 10 years; research and planning manager, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, six years.

Markae Rupp, Lakeland. MBA

City Clerk, City of West Melbourne, three years; interim city clerk, Mascotte (three months) and Bunnell (four months); deputy city clerk, Sanford, five years.

Gisela R. Salas, Ocala. BS, Florida International Univ.; MBA, Univ. of Miami; Ph.D. candidate in Global Leadership, Lynn Univ.

Deputy county administrator, Marion County, two years; chief deputy supervisor of elections, Broward County, two years; Miami-Dade county posts, 26 years.

Allen R. Shoaff, Alexandria, Va. BA, Kent State Univ., Master of Public Administration, Kent State

Currently project manager (identity crimes project), International Association of Chiefs of Police; criminal justice information systems coordinator, Fla. 12th judicial circuit; village administrator and police chief, Hunting Valley, Ohio.

Jerry A. Taylor, Tuttle, Okla. BA in business management, National Louis Univ.; MBA, Averett Univ.

Currently city manager, Tuttle, Okla., three years; city manager, Harrah, Okla., 2 1/2 years; city manager, Hugo, Okla., two years.

Kevin Verro, Gainesville. BA, Univ. of Florida; MA in Public Administration, UF.

Currently board chairman and executive director, Common $ense Prosperity Campaign as well as management analyst, High Springs; internships in Alachua County and Archer.