36 Applicants for Interim City Manager Thus Far

applicantsGood Afternoon Mayor and City Council Members,
.Today we only received one additional application for Interim City Manager. The latest application is attached. This brings the total up to 36 applicants, which are listed below. Our advertisement still has six more days to run before the position closes on July 30th at 5:00 p.m. If we can be of assistance as you review these applications, please let me know.
Donna J. Steinebach
Administrative Services Director | City of Port Orange, Florida
1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129
Desk: 386.506.5562 | Cell: 386.527.6967 | dsteinebac@port-orange.org
Application Provided on 7/24/2014
Keith, Thomas
Applications Provided on 7/23/2014
Dunne, William
Earnharth, Thomas
Wilkinson, Brenda
Rodriguez, Philip
Battaglia, David
Belvin, Lauren
Boetti, Giovanni
Whilshire, Kenneth
Chapman, Louie
Cox, Charles
McCroskey, James
Johnson, W. Gary
Hoyt, Don
Rodriguez, Oscar
Nutt, Frederick
Applications Provided on 7/22/2014
Blake, R.
Boggs, Stuart
DiCenso, Bruna
D’Agostino, John
Davis, Jeffrey
Davis, Sean
Harden, David
King, Deron
Matheny, Anthony
Michael, Julie
Neils, Scott
Parsons, Dorman
Ragsdale, Sammy
Randall, Scott
Rashed, Charles
Reynolds, Edward
Sparks, Dennis
Strachman, Clifford
Vencent, Stephen

12 thoughts on “36 Applicants for Interim City Manager Thus Far

  • July 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    We have someone named “NUT” on the list. He may be a excellent qualified manager, but now may be a bad time for him to apply for a job in Port Orange. You think?

  • July 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This process already stinks from the get go. We will have an interim CM on August 1st.
    Then we are seeking a permanent interim to replace the interim who doesn’t want to remain as the interim CM.
    Then we begin the process of seeking the permanent (?) City Manager. Now if the permanent interim CM cares to apply for the position, they can do so too.
    Sit back and take a seat, this will be a long drawn out and complicated and costly ordeal. It would have been much less convoluted had Ms. Lewis just accepted the interim position without any reservation.
    Will we ever get this ship righted ?

    • July 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      I agree with concerned citizen. I am surprised that there are so many candidates. I hope any new city manager, interim or permanent, will work with those citizens who want reform in the city operations. After all the millions of dollars lost, how could any one not want reform? There seem to be some who hate negative criticism more than negative facts about money lost. Does it take that long to find out in the records whether the original 1 million dollars was paid back to the city by Halifax Paving If someone asked me if I paid the 9000 dollars fee for the two roofs replaced on my units 10 years ago, I could find the records of payment within a half hours. I don’t think it is a matter of citizens being impatient for information, but in such delays citizens get concerned. Can anyone tell me why the Mayor and the city manager did not really work with the citizens when they started complaining about lax governmental operations?

  • July 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    This is a critical position at not only a critical but a paradigmatic transitional time. If they screw this up, we are in for some extremely stormy times. Alan Green, with the last two years left in office of his archaic and passé paradigm should have zip to do with this selection. Remember Kisela was his boy, and he said there is a lot of Ken Parker in Greg Kisela. My understanding is Green wanted Parker back as interim. I think Green should stay out of this process and focus in on answering all the Halifax Paving questions as this mysterious debacle unfolds.

  • July 26, 2014 at 7:29 am

    “Administrative Services Director” – handles three departments ? Nice cost savings effort but, shouldn’t they have a dedicated HR and IT director / department head ?
    Is Ms. Steinebach proficient and certified in all areas ?

  • July 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    If we somehow get a good CM I hope he/she is given a fair chance to do their job. People will have to have patience. With the list of problems they will have to deal with don’t expect instant success. They will have to be open and honest along with all department heads. The culture in management will have to change or we will not move forward. No more secrets. The times they are a changing, we can’t continue to hire the same type of managers that are entrenched in the ICMA/FCCMA culture.They need to listen to the employees that excel in their jobs, form teams and empower them to get things done. The water plant and utilities maintenance personnel are a good example of how our employees if allowed can accomplish good things. Maybe that tells you who should be running utilities.

    • July 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Mr. Woodman I mostly agree with you, but not a day should be lost by the new city manager in explaining to all city administrators, staff and personnel where he stands on departmental reform, communication to him about problems, and where he is headed towards reform. Fixing the mistakes and putting in real reform need to go together on a daily basis. One has to act fast to fix a leaky faucet or leaking dam. The hows of reform will be learned as the city manager inspects the field and gets true communication into his office. I recommend that to start off in his first week, that he somehow gets two trusted aides to assist him in these endeavors. It is no easy task, and I think it has to be handled as an emergency situation, as if when the city manager arrives during his first week, we had a tornado rip apart our city. Our city is ripped apart by what some call a hostile climate. And judging by city hall supporters who are calling for no more negative criticism, rather than no more negative findings, I do not see how things will not get worse. The mayor said he spoke to a lawyer. That is his right, but bringing in a lawyer on his behalf, would tend to develop national headlines for Port Orange, an attention that probably only the lawyer will appreciate. A pro city hall lady spoke to the city council on July 25, 2014 and asked for no more negative criticism and she name Mark Schaefer and Ted Noftall. I was amazed that she named Mark because among all of us, Mark (and Mike Gardner) puts his case before the city council with no emotion, and little accusation. Mark is good with the numbers. The only time I heard him accuse, and I think it was very appropriate, was when he said that the finance director was” disingenuous” ? (I can’t quote Mark), or something like that, for the director to have told the budget and audit board that all monthly bank accounts had been reconciled. Am I correct about the circumstances?

  • July 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Please Not McCroskey!

    • July 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Tipton’s resume and application will show up next week too.

  • July 27, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Who knows, maybe Jason Yarborough will put in for it. Remember he was the city manager of Groveland.

  • July 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

    McCroskey didn’t last long in Holly Hill for many reasons, one of them being the citizens hated his attitude towards them and he didn’t get along with some of the council members.

    • July 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Now that sounds like someone in Port Orange too.


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