City moves closer to naming Greg Kisela new city manager

Matt Algarin

With a 6-0 vote Monday afternoon, the Destin City Council agreed to a proposed contract with former city manager Greg Kisela. “He’s an amazing gentleman... he’s excited to come back, and I’m excited to have him come back,” said Mayor Mel Ponder after the vote. Per terms of the proposed contract, Kisela’s compensation wouldn’t exceed what he made prior to his resignation in 2011. When he left, his total compensation was just over $159,000. Kisela resigned from the city of Destin to pursue a job as county administrator in Walton County. After a short term on the job, he left to become the city manager in Port Orange. Ponder told his colleagues that if Kisela agrees to the contract, he would give a 60-day notice in Port Orange. Kisela said last week that he would welcome the opportunity to come back to Destin. He was the city manager in Destin for 7 1/2 years. Kisela, if he agrees to a contact, will replace current City Manager Maryann Ustick, who resigned last month and will take a job in New Mexico.