DESTIN — The City Council could choose an interim city manager from various candidates at its Aug. 6 meeting, and council members plan to consider options in the search for a new full-time manager at their Aug. 20 session.
The council reached consensus on those decisions at its special meeting on Thursday.
After citing issues such as a lack of trust in current Destin City Manager Carisse LeJeune and a division between staff and the council, a majority of the council voted July 2 to ask LeJeune to resign. Council members accepted her resignation two weeks later and the revised terms of her employment contract.
LeJeune’s resignation will be the earlier of Aug. 14 or the date the council appoints an interim manager, accepts the services of an acting city manager or hires a full-time manager.
LeJeune did not attend Thursday's meeting. Mayor Gary Jarvis said he had told her that she did not have to be there.
Later during the meeting, the council agreed to have Human Resources Manager Karen Jankowski work with Buz Eddy, a senior adviser with the Florida City and County Management Association and International City/County Management Association, to find candidates for the interim position.
Destin Parks and Recreation Director Lance Johnson and Joseph Forgione, a former city code enforcement officer, already have applied for the interim job.
Councilman Rodney Braden made a motion Thursday to have Forgione serve as the interim manager, but the vote failed.
After an interim manager is chosen, the council could decide to also work with Eddy in the search for a full-time manager.
The Florida City and County Management Association and International City/County Management Association do not charge for their services, according to city information. The services include designing the job advertisement, assisting in résumé reviews and helping develop interview questions for the job finalists.
For the search for a full-time manager, the city would be responsible for paying an estimated $3,000-$7,000 in job advertisement and background investigations.
Eddy, who is a former 25-year city manager of Gulf Breeze, said that recruiting a full-time manager could take 60-120 days.
“I think you’ll get a lot of applications,” he told the council. “The pay is good. The job is good. The living conditions are great.”
LeJeune's salary is $123,821.15.