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Monday, May 16, 2011

Next community leader

This week Fort Lauderdale commissioners should hire a new city manager.  They have three finalists from which to choose.  After serving on the Search Committee, I can say all three are capable.

With Acting City Manager Allyson Love resigning a week ago, and several assistant city managers hitting the road before her, it is time to move on to a new era of leadership.  Either Pat DiGiovanni, San Antonio, Mike Levinson, Coral Springs, or Lee Feldman, Palm Bay, will be offered the position.  Once selected, the new city manager will have a lot on his plate.

It will be a short honeymoon what with significant issues facing whoever is hired Tuesday evening.  By the time he starts it will be about one year since former manager George Gretsas left his after his contract was not renewed.  While Love has been doing a commendable job, it became clear she was not interested in the top position.

The Chamber will support the new administration in a variety of areas especially those that retain or increase jobs or impact economic development throughout the region.  All three candidates have varying levels of success with Levinson, by virtue of his tenure, significantly more accomplished.

New beginnings are exciting and this should not be an exception.  Collectively we are on the verge of many opportunities and challenges.  Please join me in ushering in our next community leader.

Posted by: Dan Lindblade, CAE @ 12:00:00 am 
 
 
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