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Higginbotham selected as Madeira Beach city manager

MADEIRA BEACH — W. D. Higginbotham Jr. is expected to be formally hired as the city's new manager when the City Commission meets June 24.

Higginbotham's most recent job was as public finance adviser for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Baghdad, Iraq. He worked for the Iraq Local Governance Program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

He has had experience managing municipalities in Florida, having previously served as town manager for Surfside, city manager in Gainesville and town manager in Melbourne Beach.

Other posts listed on Higginbotham's resume include director of economic development for the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council and assistant city manager of finance for Bakersfield, Calif.

Higginbotham received strong recommendations from his previous employers, according to a review by Madeira Beach human resources director Deborah Cline.

Selected from a slate of three finalists Monday, he wants to be paid $90,000 and up to an additional $5,000 to cover relocation expenses. He lives in Hollywood, Fla.

Former City Manager Jill Silverboard, who resigned last year to become assistant city manager in Clearwater, was paid $95,000 after serving three years in Madeira Beach. She was hired in 2004 at $85,000.

Higginbotham won the commission's nod over former Indian Rocks Beach City Manager Steve Cottrell and Mark Glover, who most recently was interim finance director in Casselberry.

A contract negotiated between Higginbotham and the city's attorney must be approved by the commission before he is formally hired. He would begin his new post June 30.

Higginbotham's performance would be reviewed by the commission at the end of six months and, depending on that review, would be eligible for a 2.5 percent pay raise of $2,250.

Other contract provisions include: salary increases to be determined following annual performance reviews; 15 days of vacation the first year, increasing to 20 days the second year; and immediate health, dental, disability and life insurance coverage.

Also included are 15 days of annual sick leave, which can be accrued without limit; $350 monthly car allowance, adjustable by 5 percent every two years; and full vesting in a retirement plan with the city contributing 10 percent of his base salary annually.

Higginbotham selected as Madeira Beach city manager 06/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 2:11pm]
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