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Bunnell City Manager’s Job Draws 83 Applicants, Including Two of Its Own Directors

| September 6, 2013

Judi Stetson, currently Bunnell's special projects director, is a leading contender for the city manager's job. (© FlaglerLive)

Judi Stetson, currently Bunnell’s special projects director, is a leading contender for the city manager’s job. (© FlaglerLive)

Eighty-three people applied to be Bunnell’s next city manager by the time the application window closed at the end of last week. The 75,000 to $80,000 position was advertised barely two weeks, but it’s drawn 36 applicants from 26 states and the District of Columbia, with the balance—47 applicants—from Florida.

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Of those, eight are from Palm Coast, including Perry Mitrano, Bunnell’s solid waste manager, two are from Ormond Beach, including Judi Stetson, the city’s special projects director and a leading contender for the job, one from Flagler Beach (Neal McCopping, a former school administrator) one from Daytona Beach, and just one is from Bunnell—Mark Richter—though his resume, like several in the mix, cannot be taken seriously as a city manager candidate. Most of the Florida candidates are from within 90 minutes of Bunnell, and only four are from large cities (Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Miami).

Elbert Tucker, one of the city commissioners, has said that he’s opposed to hiring anyone from a large city, because it wouldn’t be a good fit for Bunnell. (His original comment had been aimed at Miami in particular, where the current manager, Armando Martinez, came from. Tucker later explained that he did not mean to single out Miami or a particular geography so much as exclude candidates from larger cities—something county and city officials often do when they consider what would be the best fit for their own city.)

Mick Cuthbertson, Bunnell’s community services director since 2006, had considered throwing his name in, but then decided against it. “I love what I do right now,” he said.

Bunnell is looking to replace Martinez, whose contract expires in October. To keep him on, three of the five city commissioners wanted to pay Martinez less than his current salary of $112,000. Martinez would not agree to go below $97,000. The three—Elbert Tucker, John Rogers and Bill Baxley—would not go beyond $80,000, making the end of Martinez’s five-year tenure all but final.

Mayor Catherine Robinson and Commissioner Jenny Crain-Brady attempted to keep Martinez, staunchly defending his record, but fell short. The battle over Martinez has deepened a serious rift on the commission between the three men and the two women—a rift that colored the departures of Finance Director Cynthia Bertha in July, and the resignation of City Attorney Lonnie Groot last week after two months on the job.  Betha blamed the new majority for her resignation, while Groot hinted at a lack of professionalism on the commission after Crain-Brady questioned his billing.

The rift on the commission, whose meetings now frequently devolve into something little short of name-calling when serious matters are on the table, will likely define the way the five members hire a new manager—if they succeed in doing so.

The manager, once hired, will be in a precarious position, because next March’s election may change the complexion of the commission once again. Two seats are up, those of Rogers and Brady. Several candidates are lining up to run, or testing a run, among them Randy Burke, the long-time Bunnell City Police lieutenant and Daisy Henry, the former city commissioner who lost in the last election by a few votes. The election may be a referendum on the new majority. If that majority falls, Robinson, who’s reacted bitterly (and publicly) to the current majority’s actions, may look for pay-back. Martinez himself has said that he would consider returning to Bunnell if he was not employed elsewhere by then, and if there was an outcry for him.

But a new manager may create new dynamics as well.

As is often the case when a city is flooded with applicants (Flagler Beach got 140 applications in 2010), a substantial number of those can be ruled out with a quick glance, as the applicants are clearly unqualified for the position they’re seeking—with little to no management or public agency experience.

Other than Mitrano, the Palm Coast candidates include John Elac, William Karback (a former sheriff’s employee and candidate for sheriff), Michelle Liedtke, an events and catering manager, Jacqueline Pratt, who’s been involved mostly in education, Natalie Terman, most recently a substitute teacher in Flagler schools, R. Scott Tippton, a Florida State Trooper  since 1983, and Lawrence Williams, a former city manager of Belle Isle, a city of about 6,400 (“In 2008 I resigned from my position,” he wrote, “to be closer to my grandson who was diagnosed with a serious illness”). Only Williams has managed a city before.

Below is a full list, including the resumes and applications of all candidates who turned them in.

Bunnell City Manager Applicants

Pdfs of ResumesLast NameFirst NameAddressCityState
ResumeAdamsGlen317 Calagary DrivePreachtree CityGeorgia30239
ResumeAustinDave604 Chivas CourtOrange ParkFlorida32073
ResumeBatesDudley968 Vineridge Run #102Altamonte SpringsFlorida32714
ResumeBaugherDouglas808 Branbury DrPort OrangeFlorida32129
ResumeBelmarezMichael Barr501 Doverton PlaceDeBaryFlorida32713
ResumeBorkgrenRonald802 A St NEWashingtonDC20002
ResumeBowermanR. Stacy100 Cumpstone DrHamdenConnecticut
ResumeBythwoodPatriciaP.O. Box 620942OviedoFlorida32762
ResumeCarlyleDarrel1308 Highland AveRead OakIowa51566
ResumeClapsaddleDavid986 Sylvia DrDeltonaFlorida32725
ResumeDeCandisAndrew409 Triple Crown LaneJacksonvilleFlorida32259
ResumeDrymonJ. Douglas5532 E. Harbor DrFruitland ParkFlorida34731
ResumeDucasGeorge3300 University Park LaneIrvingTexas75062
ResumeElacJohn19 Reindeer LanePalm CoastFlorida32164
ResumeEtheridgeFranklin509A Second StreetLaFayetteGeorgia30728
ResumeEvansRandallPort OrangeFlorida32129
ResumeEvettLee337 James CircleLake AlfredFlorida3385
ResumeFinchDoug166 Deseyn DriveCanandaiguaNew York14424
ResumeFiozzoGregory10 St. Joseph StreetSchenectadyNew York12303
ResumeFoxMarlowe10435 Midtown Parkway #210JacksonvilleFlorida32246
ResumeFrancisKendal1309 North MillBeloitKansas67420
ResumeFranklinAllen2533 Polo RoadWinston-SalemNorth Carolina27106
ResumeGallego-ArboledaMercelana6808 Amici Commissioner Tucker.Port OrangeFL32128
ResumeGantt-BrownNiema503 Cherokee DrSummervilleSouth Carolina29486
ResumeGloverMark Langello334 S. Bahamas AveTemple TerraceFlorida33617
ResumeHamiltonKevin2515 Fillmore AveOgdenUtah84401
ResumeHayfieldGeorgeP.O. Box 763DoverTenessee37058
ResumeHickaHope1475 Woodlake Dr #220LakelandFlorida33803
ResumeHouillionBrian1497 Main Street #15DunedinFlorida34698
ResumeJacksonAlvin5528 Boynton Gardens DrBoynton BeachFlorida33437
ResumeJankoskyJudith40023 Agusta Dr.Lady LakeFlorida32159
ResumeKarbackWilliamP.O. Box 352828Palm CoastFlorida32135
ResumeKeoghKevin6219 Palm Del Mar Blvd #216St. PetersburgFlorida33715
ResumeKerbinWilliam10791 Foreston RoadChestertownMaryland21620
ResumeLangConstance5931 Guarino Dr.SarasotaFlorida34238
ResumeLiedtkeMichelle60 Fairbank LanePalm CoastFlorida32137
ResumeLucasDannyP.O. Box 1678RidgelandSouth Carolina29936
ResumeManginiJoseph7359 Old Westover Marion RdWestoverMaryland21871
ResumeMarroStephen70 Andora StreetSt. AugustineFlorida32086
ResumeMcCoppinNeal306 North 11th StreetFlagler BeachFlorida32136
ResumeMendezRicardo905 Brickell Drive #323MiamiFlorida33131
ResumeMitchellBrandon102 Camellia DriveQuitmanGeorgia31643
ResumeMitranoPerry207 London DrivePalm CoastFlorida32137
ResumeMoffettDavid767 W. Granada Ave #4203Ormond BeachFlorida32174
ResumeMoralesPedro6808 Amici CourtPort OrangeFlorida
ResumeMuseusRobert636 E. Waterford DriveBeloitWisconsin53511
ResumeNagyMichaelP.O. Box 831ParisKentucky40362
ResumeNeratkoSteveP.O. Box 463DunkirkNew York14048
ResumeNucklesDuane4901 Wakeview CourtHuber HeightsOhio45424
ResumePhillipsRick1608 E. Poplar StreetDavisvilleWest Virginia26142
ResumePilgrimCarlo7 Abenaki RdBoothbay HarborMaine4538
ResumePrattJacqueline1 Selene PlacePalm CoastFlorida32164
ResumeRabunRonald511 Forest TrailGriffinGeorgia30223
ResumeReidJames15802 Myrtle PlaceDumfriesVirginia22025
ResumeRichterMark5814 IronwoodBunnellFlorida32110
ResumeRiveraHector3682 SW Bimini Circle N.Palm CityFlorida34990
ResumeRobertsJon8215 Bar X TerraceColorado SpringsColorado80908
ResumeRodabaughThomas11 Arlen Road #FNottinghamMaryland21236
ResumeRoebuckRussell665 Forest LaneDelandFlorida32724
ResumeRosarioJose3069 Boxelder StDeltonaFlorida32725
ResumeRussoChristopher400 Dover AvenueEast ProvidenceRhode Island2914
ResumeSandovalAlex3430 Sweet Pea WaySacramentoCaliforina95833
ResumeSheckelsLisa9675 Luther Beck RoadHastingsFlorida32145
ResumeSilvaPeter891 E. Red House Branch RdSt. AugustineFlorida32084
ResumeSmigielskIMell407 Ridge RoadMahometIllinois61853
ResumeSneadBrannon1312 Lake Lucerne Way #301BrandonFlorida33511
ResumeSparksDennis2308 Jackson StreetHopewellVirginia23860
ResumeStampflerMichael7350 Angling RdPortageMichigan49024
ResumeStetsonJudith76 Margaret Rd.Ormond BeachFlorida32176
ResumeStuntebeckClint371 Rose Glen FriveRadnorPennsylvania19087
ResumeTermanNatalieP.O. Box 350035Palm CoastFlorida32135
ResumeTiptonR. Scott4 Squire CourtPalm CoastFlorida32164
ResumeToutounchianJustin1224 South Palmetto Ave #209Daytona BeachFlorida32114
ResumeUrquilla-DiazCarlos19400 E. 37th Terrace Court #1305IndependenceMossouri64057
ResumeVellaFred2458 4th PlaceVero BeachFlorida32962
ResumeVentrescoFred18 Coldbrook Rd #2WilmingtonVermont5363
ResumeWeaverJohn930 Mt. Gilead RoadMurrells InletSouth Carolina29576
ResumeWhisnantAngie6821 Eagle Ridge LoopLakelandFlorida33813
ResumeWhiteTroy2603 Swansong LaneCharlotteNorth Carolina28213
ResumeWilliamsLawrence12 Wilksboro PlacePalm CoastFlorida32164
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10 Responses for “Bunnell City Manager’s Job Draws 83 Applicants, Including Two of Its Own Directors”

  1. JL says:

    I’m assuming some of those people are just wildly throwing the hat in the ring thinking Bunnell doesn’t need experience when it hires a City Manager? Well, I don’t live in Bunnell, nor do I ever plan on it. I like Palm Coast just fine. But I think someone from Florida, even more local, should be hired for the job. Bunnell isn’t your typical town. There are “old school” ways about this town. And there’s nothing wrong with that. (Personally, I feel part of the charm of Flagler County is it’s not “touristy Florida.”) But I don’t know that a city feller from up north would be my choice. Just sayin’. Mr. Williams sounds like a good pick. Good luck to the person that is chosen.

    • anonymous says:

      Wow,this is unreal.You let a great city manager go because he has a home out of your county.I see you have only 13 in your area.You now have palm coast coming in to take over our city,I thought the city was going to hire in Flagler or Volusia.You CAN NOT let PALM COAST in our city.

      • Will says:

        Anonymous – Would you clarify your comments? What the heck do you mean about Palm Coast coming in to take over the city? Hiring from Flagler includes Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Korona, Marineland, Espanola and other parts of the county, including Palm Coast.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Pick me-pick me!!!

  3. Jan Reeger says:

    The Bunnell City Manager should be a resident of Flagler County (preferably Bunnell) or required to relocate to Flagler County in a reasonable specified time frame.

  4. Rick Belhumeur says:

    Judi Stetson has been working right along with the current city manager and has been involved with nearly every department in the city. I sat through a tour of Bunnell for the Transportation Planning Organization in which she was our tour guide. Judi knows and loves the city she already works for… a very good fit. She is a long time Florida resident and lives locally. Go Judi!

    • Tax Payer says:

      And they said no one is qualified to replace the old City Manager. I am here to tell you that was not true. The old City Manager can be replace by a much qualified person from this list. I would hope it was from someone that already live here. People, there’s no jobs out there that pay $80,000. The old City Manager got greedy and it cost him his job. People in Bunnell are not stupid.

      • Tax Payer says:

        We do not need Palm Coast residences to pick our new City Manager. If I went to a Palm Coast meeting they would tell me to hit the road. If you live in Palm Coast and want to tell us what to do in Bunnell, please move to Bunnell first and we will welcome you.

  5. Moe Syzlak says:

    why on earth would two current city employees apply for thi job after seeing what they did to Martinez? either they’re not so smart or they’re on the majority’s side.

  6. Florida Native says:

    A resume from Sacramento,Calif?????? Why would somebody from Northern California want to live in this hell hole?

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