LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Lynn Haven City Commissioners have selected Michael White as the new City Manager following negotiations with Mayor Margo Anderson.
Commissioners got about 40 applicants for the City Manager position, but narrowed them down to seven at the end of June. They then narrowed it down to seven candidates that they interviewed individually and during a workshop on June 29.
On Tuesday evening before their regularly scheduled Commission meeting, Commissioners narrowed down their top seven candidates for the City Manager position to their top two, Brian Davis and Michael White.
A vote was taken in the meeting that followed, and Commissioners selected White five to one.
White has lived in Bay County for about 30 years, and has more than 23 years working for Gulf Coast Electric Cooperatives. His time at Co-op helped him gain valuable experience in wastewater management, which is the quality that Mayor Anderson said stood out the most to her.
"Right now in Lynn Haven our main objective is drainage, water, storm water, wells, AWT and sewer. So that is our concern right now, so I just felt that he [White] was the right person for the position and I hope he accepts," she said.
In a statement White told News 13, "there's no higher calling in terms of a career than to be called to public service, I look forward to serving the community of Lynn Haven."
Joel Schubert, the City Manager who is departing, has already accepted a job as Assistant County Manager for Bay County, and begins on July 18th.
Mayor Anderson will negotiate a contract with White on Wednesday. If he accepts he will begin work immediately with Joel Schubert on a temporary salary of 100,000 dollars.
Commissioners will then have to formally vote on the new City Manager's salary on the 25th.
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