Interim Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad is one of three candidates recommended by local head hunters to fill the top of the city.
Goad and two other finalists were selected by S. Renee Narloch and Associates from a pool of 34 candidates who submitted CVs or were recruited for the vacancy that had been vacated by the resignation of Rick Fernandez in January.
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The other two are late registrations – Lee Feldman, since 2012 city manager of Fort Lauderdale and Jill Silverboard, deputy city head of Clearwater since 2007.
In her e-mail to City Commissioners, Narloch said: "If you have the opportunity to view this information, please contact us directly to discuss further our recommendations or the process in the future."
The city commission decided to hire an executive search firm in January to carry out a national search for a new city administrator after Fernandez had resigned when he became the subject of an investigation into state ethics. They made Goad interim city manager as they carried out the search, and encouraged him to sign up.
Several commissioners had expressed the wish to let the incoming city committee decide on the next city administrator, but during the meeting of 11 July the commissioners voted to speed up the selection process, so that they could appoint a new manager before the elections.
As a result, the staff came up with a planning to have a new city manager on 24 October. The committee could still delete the decision from the incoming committee.
Narloch met individual commissioners in July to get an idea of what qualities they were looking for in their next city council and wrote a recruitment profile.
The task was posted from July 16 to August 17 for applicants to apply. After the closing period, Narloch and Associates evaluated the applications and conducted preliminary interviews to limit the list to three candidates.
These candidates will be interviewed by the committee on 17 September.
Goad, 46, has 22 years of experience in the combined national and local government, culminating in his appointment as interim city administrator in October last year.
Feldman, 56, has been in public service for 33 years. He runs a city of about 180,000 with a budget of $ 800 million and 2,600 employees – all similar to Tallahassee.
Prior to Fort Lauderdale he was the manager of Palm Bay from October 2002 to June 2011, and prior to that time he was the manager of the city of North Miami. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is no stranger to conflicts. Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis told Feldman in March that it was "time to move on" shortly before the committee decided to give Feldman an increase of 3 percent, to $ 255,523 per year.
Silverboard, 54, has more than 30 years of experience in the local government, leading to its current position as deputy head of the city of Clearwater, with a budget of $ 500 million and 1,800 employees.
Before that, she was the manager of Madeira Beach for three years. Previously she worked for five years on various positions in Destin, including city manager, deputy head of the Hallandale Beach and planning director for Brevard County.
Silverboard was a recent finalist for the management function of the Pinellas County until the committee had chosen another candidate at the end of August. She holds a master's degree in public affairs from Western Carolina University.
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