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34 Apply So Far for Flagler Beach Manager, 13 of Them Unemployed

| June 17, 2010

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One of them is a flight attendant. Another is a pastor. One is a part-time truck delivery man, though he was formerly the public works director in Bunnell. Many have at least a master’s degree in business or public administration, most have worked or are still working in city or county administrations, and 13 are currently unemployed, not counting one who’s applying from retirement.

In all, 34 people — 27 men, seven women — have applied so far for the county manager’s position in Flagler Beach. Bernie Murphy is leaving the post after serving almost four years as an “interim” manager–longer than most managers, interim or not, in the city’s recent memory.

The thickening pile of resumes will thicken further: resumes are being taken until the end of July.

The list breaks down further this way: So far, exactly half of the applicants are from out of state. Of the 17 from Florida, five are from Flagler County, including Catherine Brewer of Palm Coast, Eric Crandall of Bunnell (he’s the former Bunnell public works director), and Bruce Campbell, Tom Garris and Leah Sebag of Flagler Beach. Sheri Barrow lists a Valdosta, Ga., address on her resume, but says in her cover letter that she lives in Flagler Beach. John Tahlier lives in Daytona Beach, but he’s a bookkeeper with the city of Flagler Beach.

Other than Tahlier, Volusia is offering up four other candidates. Two are from Jacksonville, one each from Orlando, Apopka, Tequesta, Sarasota and Winter Haven. The 17 other candidates are spread around 11 states, four of them from Georgia, three from Texas, two from Virginia, and the rest from elsewhere around the Union.

Remarkably, some applicants did not list their education. Just as remarkably, some applicants seemed to have an unusual idea of what it takes to run a city. “I suspect you’ll find very few candidates with a background such as mine, and it’s one I’d like to put to work for the City of Flagler Beach,” Christopher Johnson of Portland, Ore., wrote in his cover letter. My experience with the executive-level administration of a large network of paid staff and volunteers is something the city would profit from greatly in your next city manager.” But he’s been a pastor at two churches, a delivery truck driver, a teller, and an after-school worker.

Michael Kane of Snellville, Ga., a flight attendant with Delta with an MBA from Columbia Southern University, wrote: “I’m currently in the airline business partly as a sabbatical, but also to experience the vagaries of a business that’s in constant flux be it from fuel prices, schedule adjustments, or weather. The ability to direct decision making to alter track and respond to these forces is not unlike dealing with the economic and political forces at work on a municipality.”

A minority of commissioners didn’t want to take on the entire stack of resumes, preferring that the first cut be done either by a consultant or by an independent group. But other commissioners prevailed, saying they wanted to be involved at every step of the hiring process.

Whether it’s as wide-open a process as it appears is open to question: The Flagler Beach candidates may have an inside track, based on the number of commissioners who said they want a candidate closer to home who won’t use the city as a stepping stone to bigger markets. But their worry that the recession would generate a large number of stellar, overqualified candidates appears, so far, to be misplaced.

Flagler Beach City Manager Applicants

ApplicantLocationCurrent EmploymentHighest Degree
Thomas AvantSandersville, Ga.Not currently employed. Last worked as a temporary environmental, health and safety manager at KaMinn LLC in SandersvilleMBA, Georgia State University
Scott BanningaMuskegon, Mich.Substitute teacherMPA University of Nebraska
Robert C. BannisterCincinnati, OhioVillage Manager, Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio
MPA, Xavier University
Sheri BarrowValdosta, Ga. (cover letter says she’s living in Flagler Beach)Not currently employedAssociates degree in library sciences, Georgia Southern College
Everett BasfordMassena, NYVillage administrator of Massena, since 2002MBA, Clarkson University
Amanda BeauchampLaGrange, Ky.Health plan advisor with Blue Cross & Blue Shield since 2010BS in management, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Bruce BehrensGroveland, Fla.Not currently employed. Was town manager in Summerton, SC, until 2009.BA, Rollins College
Austin BleessBlaine, Minn.Community development director, Wells, Minn.MPA, Walden University
Richard BlumenfeldAtlanta, Ga.Founder of Family Circle Communities, non-profit for affordable housing.
BS in marketing and finance, University of Alabama
Terrell BrannonTallahassee, Fla.Facilities instructor, Florida Department of EducationMPA, Florida Atlantic University
Catherine BrewerPalm CoastTapestries of Life, co-founder and CFO, Sept. 1988-Nov. 2007No education listed
Matthew BrockPatrick AFB, Fla.Not currently employed. Was city manager, Live Oak, Fla, 2003-2005Master's in administration, Central Michigan University
Terra J. BrockDaytona BeachResearch Analyst, Cunningham Research Group, Ormond Beach, since March 2010BS in Psychology, Embry Riddle Aeronautic University
Alton BrownEdgefield, SCCounty administrator, Edgefield County, since 2010BA, University of Tennessee
Steven BurchBeverly Hills, Fla.Mentor and tutor, Community Action Foundation of Citrus CountyMBA, Florida Metropolitan University
James BursickVero Beach, Fla.Town Manager, Melbourne, Fla. (since June 2006)MA in engineering, University of Colorado
Jack A. Butler Jr.Orlando, FLCentral Improvement Program Manager, City of Ocoee, since 2006No education listed
Richard CannoneMiami, Fla.Development services director, Hallandale Beach, Fla.MS in public management, St. Thomas University
Nancy CarolanSarasota, FLGeneral Manager, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, since Dec. 2008MBA from St. Johns University, NY
Bruce C. CampbellFlagler BeachBuilding maintenance worker, City of Flagler BeachExecutive MBA from Kent State.
Martin CassPalm CoastFacilities accountant, Daytona State CollegeMA in accounting, University of North Florida
Lawrence CavallaroLakeland, FLNot currently employed. Was chief of police and interim city manager in Mulberry, 2005-09.MBA Warner Southern College
Lee ChastainMarietta, Ga.City planner, Thomasville, Ga.BA , Fort Hays State University
Kirk ChongFlagler BeachCounter man at Napa Auto Parts, Ormond BeachBA from UCF
David ClaboJefferson, Ga.Clerk at US Census Bureau since February 2010BA, Augusta College
James ColemanLady Lake, Fla.Not currently employed; was city and airport manager in Williston, Fla, until 2008BA, UCF
Cole CopertinoWeston, Fla.Assistant city auditor, Fort LauderdaleLaw degree from Nova Southeastern University
Eric CrandallBunnellPart-time delivery man, Lowe’s of Palm Coast, since Dec. 2009 (former public works director, Bunnell)Plumbing apprenticeship from Daytona Beach Community College, 1990
Angela CrawfordCuba, MissouriNot employed (last worked as community services and economic development intern at the City of Chesterfild, Mo, until April 2010.MA in social work, Washington University, 2010
Andrea CurtisWest Bountiful, Utah.Not currently employed. Was in undefined community and economic development post in the Salt Lake City Corporation until 2009MPA, Brigham Young University
Davis DautreuilNew Iberia, La.Partner in Three D Information Technology LLC, public consulting firmMA in management and administration, University of Louisiana
Edward Clark DavisWoodstock, Ga.Georgia Army National Guard, Counterdrug Task Force Member since 1990.MPA Columbus State University
Andrew T. DeCandisJacksonvilleSenior director of planning and government relations, Orange County Board of Education, since Set. 2006Master of Public Administration (MPA), Marywood College/University
James DeCuzziFt. Meyers, Fla.Founder, The Jamus Group, investment consulting firmJuris Doctor, Rutgers University
David DenmanBoca RatonAccounts payables, Palm Beach County Fire RescueMPA, Florida Atlantic University
Alice DerianHilton Head, SCContract and services administrator for Hilton Head since 2008BA from California University of Pennsylvania
George Calvin Dickens IIISavannah, Ga.Fireman-DriverMPA, Georgia Southern University
Francenina DiedrichMary Esther, Fla.Not currently employed. Was administrative services director of city of Fort Walton BeachMPA, University of Central Florida
Randall DillingPort Charlotte, Fla.Not currently employed. Was Miami Springs police chief until 2008MPA, Columbia Pacific University
Jackie DisherDeerfield Beach, Fla.Deputy director of recreation, Deerfield BeachMPA, University of North Florida
John J. DragoApopka, Fla.Not employed. Was city administrator, Longwood, Fla., 1999-2009MBA in management, Georgia College
Sean DunaganBrownsville, TexasSenior intelligence specialist, US Department of JusticeMPA, Valdosta State University
Jim DuryeaKennesaw, Ga.Owner, Jadco networking Partners, real estate financing and consulting companyBA in finance, Tennessee Technological University
James R. Elium IIIPort Isabel, TexasNot currently employed (was general manager for Olmito Water Supply Corp., 1994 to Sept. 2008)Did not complete a degree at the University of Texas, Arlington
Ernest ElizardoAllen, TexasAccount operations leader, Dell Trinity IndustriesBS from the University of Texas
Tonya ElliottLakewood Ranch, Fla.Program management specialist, Progress Energy, since September 2008BA in advertising and public relations, University of Central Florida
Michael EvansFlagler BeachHistorical interpreter and operations director, Florida Agricultural Museum.BA, University of North Florida
Michael FrederickBeaver Falls, Pa.Manager, Steak ‘n ShakeBS, Slippery Rock University
David FuquaCushing, Okla.Self-employed marketing consultant since 2008MPA, University of Oklahoma
James P. GallagherWinter Haven, Fla.No current employment listed. Was Dundee town manager, 2004-2006MPA, Nova Southeastern University
Tom GarrisFlagler BeachNo current employment listed; was business manager and regional controller, WCWJ and WRBL, Jacksonville broadcast stationsBS in business administration from the University of Florida
John GarvisonWashougal, Wash.CFO, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, since 2009.MBA, Upper Iowa University
Edward GeppnerPalm CoastNot currently employed. Was director and chief operating officer at Mylliard Holding Corp., until 2009.CPA, Chapman College
Wil GironOpelousas, La.Executive director of New Horizons Youth Services Bureau since 2009.BA in sociology, Gambling State University
James GleasonAtlanta, Ga.City manager, Chamblee, Ga.MPA, Webster University
Jeffrey GorleyWaynesboro, Va.Housing Authority director of public safety, Waynesboro, Va. Since Nov. 2009Associate’s degree in public administration, Miami Dade Community College (1991).
Virginia HaasTitusville, Fla.City clerk, Oak Hill, Fla.BA, Mississippi State University
Cindy HallEustis, Fla.Not currently employed, was county manager, Lake County, until 2009.Masters in applied economics, UCF
Brian HammonsLady Lake, Fla.Planning and development services director, Putnam CountyMA in geography and urban planning
Catherine HardingTequesta, Fla.No current employment listed. Was community development director, Tequesta.BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University
Charles HardymanSummerfield, Fla.General manager, Patrick Industries, since 1983Attended Ivy Tech Vocational College
Tom HartleyGriswold, Conn.Director of parking, city of Middletown, Conn., since March 2010MBA from the University of Connecticut
Judith Ann HeenanMontgomery, Ala.Not currently employed. Was a business analyst with Electronic Data Systems, 1998-2001 MPA, Auburn University
Peter HerbertVernon, Fla.Not currently employed. Was county manager, Washington County, Fla, from 1998 to 2010MBA, State University of New York
Jacklin HenningOrmond Beach, Fla.Registrar, Halifax Medical CenterAA in business administration, Kaiser College
Michael JamesDeLandFounder and president, PGB International development MBA in international business and finance, Western International University
William Scott JankeTarpon Springs, Fla.self-employed as a financial services consultant. Was town manager in Fort Myers, 2008 to 2009BA in economics and geography, University of Florida
Michael JaraAiken, SCAssistant chancellor of facilities, University of South Carolina-Aiken
MBA, University of Phoenix
Christopher B. JohnsonPortland, Ore.Senior pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Portland (since 2008).
BA in theology, Andersonville Theological Seminary
Patrick S. JordanHurst, TexasRecords manager for the Tarrant County Clerk, since August 2008
MPA from Western Michigan University, June 2000
Mike Judd - WITHDRAWNBunnell, Fla.Senior director of school operations, Flagler County Schools. MA in education leadership, University of Central Florida
Michael P. KaneSnellville, Ga.Flight attendant, Delta (dates not provided)
MBA from Columbia Southern University, Alabama
Hugh J. KingDuluth, Ga.No current employment listed. Was city manager, Monticello, Ga.MA in city management, East Tennessee University
Matthew KlineSandusky, OhioNot currently employed. Was Sandusky's city manager, 2007-09MPA, University of Akron
Steven KotsatosAkron, OhioSubstitute teacher
BA, University of Akron
Bernard C. LaPiraOld Fort, NCNo current employment listed. Was village manager, Islamorada, Fla., 2003-2006
MPA from Florida International University
Therese LearyHilton Head, SCGeneral manager, Indigo Run Community Owners' Association, since 2002MA in management, Antioch University/New England Graduate School
Anthony LicciardiHammond, La.Manufacturer's representativeBA from Southeastern Louisiana University
Craig LononSouth Padre Island, TexasNot currently employed. Was city manager of Harlingen, Texas, 2006-2009MPA, University of North texas
Jim LuebberingMcDonough, Ga.Building and development services division director, Henry County, Ga.
BS in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, BS in finance and banking from U. of Mo.-Columbia.
Craig MacLeodPalm Coast, Fla.Not currently employed. Was hedge fund manager, RCM Marketwise, 1993-2010MA in business, Brigham Young University
Dale MartinLinden, Mich.City Manager, Davison, Mich.,MPA, Oakland University
James ManfrePalm CoastAttorney in private practice since 2006Doctorate of law, St. John's University
Wayne MartinCherryville, N.C.President and CEO, Kingdom propertiesMasters of Science in Executive fire service leadership, Grand Canyon University
David MarcusLake Almanor, Calif.Lassen County, Calif., public defender, since 2005MPA from California State University
John A. McIntyreOrland Hills, Ill.Not currently employed. Was economic development coordinator, Beach Park, Ill.MPA, Troy State University
Stewart MeekBloomington, IndianaNot currently employed. Was program manager, civic engagement team, City Year ClevelandMPA, Indiana University
Robert A. MorrisCovington, Va.Community development director, Clifron Forge, Va., since October 2008
BS in business leadership, Bluefield College, Va.
Tarek MoneirRoanoke, Va.Deputy director of community development, RoanokeMA in community planning, Kansas State University
James A. McCroskeyPort Orange, Fla.Assistant city manager, Daytona Beach Shores, since January 2006
MA in urban and regional planning, University of Mississippi
Kenneth D. McKeownJacksonville, Fla.Deputy Comptroller, City of JacksonvilleBS in business administration, University of Southern Mississippi
Ricardo MendezMiami, Fla.Vice president, RA Consulting Engineers, since 2007MBA, University of Miami
Brent MorrowBarstow, Calif.Community development director, Barstow, Calif., 2007-2010MPA University of Montana
Greg MoyerBroken Arrow, Okla.Middle and high school teacher since 2007MPA, Jacksonville State University, Ala.
Luke B. OlsonKearney, Neb.No current employment listed. Was a management assistant, City of Kearney, Neb., Jan. 2008-Jan. 2010.MPA from Florida State University
James PerkinsSelma, Ala.Self-employed as consultant and public speaker since 2009BA in mathematics, Alabama A&M
Gary RawlingsCharles Town, WVCity manager, Charles Town, W.Va. since 2008MPA from the University of Hartford
Keith RobbinsFernandina Beach, Fla.Not currently employed. Was town manager, Winchester, Conn., 2008-09BA in business administration, Eastern Connecticut State University
Arthur RobertsWantage, NJNot currently employed. Last employed as an internet researcher, Retail Placement Solutions, 2001-2008BA, Montclair State University
Mark RobledoOntario, Calif.Police department management analyst, Pomona, Calif.MBA, University of La Verne
Russell L. RoebuckDeland, Fla.Retired from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s construction services, where he was a construction services support manager, in 2009.MA from Barry University
Denise RoseWillingboro, NJTownship manager, Deptford Township, NJ, since 2007BA from St. Michael's College in Vermont
Leah SebagFlagler BeachNo current employment listed. Last worked as president and mortgage broker at Lonesome Pine Mortgage in Flagler Beach, 2002-2008Expecting to graduate from Daytona State College in August with a BAS in supervision and management.
Gary Alan ShulerFlagler BeachPresident and general manager, Shuler Tidewater & Sandpiper Contracting, since 1994BS in business administration, the Citadel military college
Dennis SparksHopewell, Va.Self-employed management consultant since 2005
MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University
Michael StampflerPortage, Mich.City manager of Talladega, Ala.MA in international studies and MPA from Western Michigan University
John P. TahlierDaytona BeachBookkeeper, City of Flagler Beach, since Sept. 2009BS/BA in accounting, University of Arkansas
Anthony TroianoEast Sandwich, Mass.Not currently employed. Former town manager, Hopkinton, Mass., from 2006 to 2008MPA, Western New England College
Tom VanderhorstDayton, Ohioaxation and billing administrator, Springfield, OhioMPA Wright State University
Cooper WhitmanThe Dalles, Ore.Not currently employed. Was a bank teller from 2008 to 2009.MPA, Portland State University
Brian WilsonMilan, OhioCity administrator, Milan, OhioMA in administration
Jim WilsonAustin, TexasAdministration supervisor, Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, Austin, texas, since 2004MPA, Texas State University
Craig ZinsCincinnati, OhioNot currently employed. Working temp jobs since 2007; was public service director, Green, OhioMPA, University of Cincinnati
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1 Response for “34 Apply So Far for Flagler Beach Manager, 13 of Them Unemployed”

  1. curious says:

    I am curious why the Commission did not imediately hire Mrs. Miller when they could have. She is the only person who has consistently shown her love of the City and quite qualified. The Commission should be ashamed. I see the list shows slim or no pickings. They should have her reconsider her withdrawal. Perhaps the Commission needs to learn that a City is not a business or a federal agency and begin to behave in accordance with the Charter and a Council/Manager government.

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