DESTIN — The City Council could select a new city manager at its meeting Monday.
“My personal feeling is we’ll probably make a selection,” Destin City Councilman Cyron Marler said Friday. “Of course, I can’t say who (will be chosen)."
City Councilman Tuffy Dixon said he also thinks a decision will be made Monday.
“I do have some personal feelings, but I’ll express them at the meeting,” Dixon said.
Councilman Chatham Morgan said he hasn’t made up his mind yet. But he said he thinks the council is leaning toward either interim City Manager Lance Johnson or Danielle Judd, former city manager of Green Cove Springs.
Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.
Most of the seven council members interviewed the four city manager finalists via Skype at a special meeting Tuesday. Mayor Gary Jarvis, who does not have general voting power, and Councilmen Parker Destin and Rodney Braden did not attend.
The finalists, who came from a pool of 53 applicants, are:
Johnson, who had served as Destin’s parks and recreation director since 2006 and has served as interim city manager since August
Judd, who was Green Cove Springs’ city manager from 2011 until she resigned in September
Mark Rohr, who was the city manager of League City, Texas, from early 2014 to late 2016
Ted Lakey, who was Taylor County's administrator from January 2017 until a few weeks ago, when he was fired.
Robert Rokovitz, the city manager of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, had been a finalist but recently decided to stay with his current job, Destin Human Resources Manager Karen Jankowski said.
Morgan said Johnson is a strong manager candidate for several reasons.
“There’s value that Lance has his family here and he’s lived here a long time,” Morgan said. “And he’s done a great job with the parks department. It’s arguably the most successful department in the city.”
He said Judd has solid credentials and experience, but he had concerns about her wanting a multi-year contract.
“Unless we conduct a second round of interviews, (Johnson and Judd) are the two candidates we’re looking at," Morgan said. "Or we could send it out to a head-hunter firm” to seek other candidates.
Edwin “Buz” Eddy, senior adviser with the Florida City/County Management Association and International City/County Management Association, has been helping the city in its manager search. The salary range for the position is about $123,000 to $140,000.
After two years on the job, Carisse LeJeune resigned as city manager this past summer after most of the council cited concerns such as a division between staff and the council.