The Miami Herald
BYLINE: CARLI TEPROFF; cteproff@MiamiHerald.com
Hallandale Beach has named nine finalists in its search for a new city manager, and on the list are some familiar names.
Among them: Susan Stanton, who as Steve Stanton was fired from the city manager post in Largo after announcing plans to change genders in 2007. Stanton was recently hired as an accountant in Fort Lauderdale’s Housing and Community Development Division.
Also on the list: Corey Alston, city manager of South Bay; Renee C. Crichton, deputy city manager of Miami Gardens; Colin Donnelly, assistant city manager of Dania Beach; Richard Gestrich, former city manager of Oviedo; Alvin B. Jackson Jr., Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency Director; Barbara W. Lipscomb, former city manager of Casselberry; Bill J. Looney, administrative consultant to Southwest Ranches, former interim city manager of Ocala and former assistant city manager of Ocala; and John “JJ” Murphy, president and CEO Goals Consulting LLC and former city administrator of Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
The new city manager will replace City Manager Mark Antonio, who will retire June 30 after 25 years with the city.
The commission will likely narrow down the field from nine to five at its March 21 meeting.
The five candidates will then be invited to an informal gathering with the mayor and City Commission, city staff and community March 30. At 8:30 a.m. March 31, the five finalists will be interviewed and at 6 p.m. April 2, the commission is expected to select its new leader.
Commissioner Keith London said the selection was crucial for the city, which recently faced criticism for an audit that showed that the city failed to keep proper track of business transactions.
London said he is looking for someone who is a “good fit for the city,” and can properly manage the city’s $100 million budget.
“Right now we are an unpolished gem,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities to do great things.”
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