Lynn Haven Commissioners Narrow Down City Manager Candidates

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Lynn Haven's City Manager Joel Shubert was appointed to be Bay County's new Assistant County Manager. His last day is July 18th, so Lynn Haven's City Commission is ready to find someone to fill the position.

The application closed last Friday, and they made great strides at the workshop Tuesday evening, which was dedicated to picking their top candidates.

Out of more than 40 applicants, at Commissioners were able to agree on eight candidates that they will invite to interview Thursday, June 29th.

The eight candidates will interview individually with Commissioners, and then afterwards there will be a public workshop at 5:00PM. The public is invited to attend so they can ask the candidates questions and get to know who they are.

At Tuesday's workshop, each of the Commissioners, Current City Manager Joel Shubert, and Mayor Anderson named their top picks for whom they would like to interview for the City Manager position. Mayor Anderson said she looked for a few things in particular when she was reviewing resumes.

"One of our biggest goals right now is infrastructure, utilities, storm water -- we're looking for someone who has some experience there. We're looking for those with management skills and employee relations type skills, and we're looking for someone who interacts well with the public."

Though Schubert does not get to help make the decision, he also has some hopes for the future City Manager.

"What I look for and the main thing I do is you just want to make the city better. You want to serve -- that's what people get into government for, hopefully, is to serve the people, and that's what we do here in Lynn Haven," he said.

Commissioners plan to select the new candidate at their scheduled meeting on July 11th. They also plan on negotiating a contract with the candidate they choose at that meeting.


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