Each commissioner reviewed all of the 16 submitted resumes and narrowed the applicant pool, as agreed upon at the commission’s Sept. 27 meeting. However, confusion about whether a possible applicant for the interim city manager position, Lee Vincent, was also interested in applying for the permanent position, led to his name being chosen as one of the candidates as well.
Vincent initially indicated he would not consider the position permanently as he is retired. During the Sept. 27 meeting, Vincent indicated he was willing to serve in the temporary position for up to six months.
Meanwhile, commissioners agreed to review four more applicants’ resumes and come back to the next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9, ready to name two more candidates.
Andrew DeCandis, Edwin Booth, Marty Simone and Douglas Hewitt are applicants currently under review to add to the shortlist.
City whittles list of attorney applicants
On another hiring front, commissioners held a special city commission meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, and interviewed two out of five of the attorneys vying for the vacant city attorney position
City attorney applicants Crystal Patterson Talley, currently assistant state attorney for felony prosecutions for the Third Judicial Circuit, Hamilton County, and Steven Warm, currently serving as city attorney for Bronson were on hand to answer questions and discuss their experience and availability to take on the position.
Tally, a graduate of the University of Florida, has worked as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor for Suwannee and Hamilton counties, respectively, since 2009. Tally indicated she would like to move her family back to Alachua County, where her husband currently works, and would not continue in her present position if hired by the City of High Springs.
Warm, a graduate of Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, has been and will remain city attorney for the Town of Bronson, and also maintains his own law practice in Gainesville. Meetings in Bronson occur twice monthly on Mondays, so both city’s schedules would be compatible, he indicated.
Interim City Manager/City Clerk Jenny Parham was asked to contact the remaining three applicants and request they appear at another special commission meeting to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
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