Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Pete Beach hires Rebecca Haynes as city clerk

ST. PETE BEACH — The City Commission hired a new city clerk Thursday in a unanimous decision that bypassed the city's long-serving deputy clerk.

The new clerk, Rebecca Haynes, 58, will begin her new job May 16 at a salary of about $58,000.

She will be making less money than Deputy Clerk Pam Prell, 53, who currently makes about $60,000.

Haynes and Prell were two of three finalists interviewed by the commission Thursday.

"It was a hard decision," Mayor Steve McFarlin said Friday. "Pam has certainly done a great job, but we are bringing in new experience and technical expertise we believe will help move the city into the future."

City Manager Mike Bonfield, who under the city charter will directly supervise the new clerk, said he is excited to have Haynes working for the city.

"It was a tough decision, and there was a lot of sentiment for Pam's years of service, but in the end there was a recognition that there are some things in the city clerk's office that need to be changed," Bonfield said.

McFarlin said one of the main reasons the commission picked Haynes over Prell was because under state pension regulations Prell will be forced to retire in 2015 when she completes 30 years working for the city.

"She deserved this job, but it is time for us to bring in somebody who can be here long term," McFarlin said.

Prell, who is president of the Pinellas County Municipal Clerks Association, declined to comment.

Haynes said Friday she is looking forward to working in St. Pete Beach.

"I am on cloud nine today. This was a vote of confidence in me. I was impressed with the level of professionalism that everyone displayed," Haynes said.

Although Haynes is not a certified municipal clerk, she said she is close to getting her certification and served briefly as a deputy city clerk in Cape Coral, leaving after nine months.

"It was a turbulent time in the city, and it was not a good fit for me," Haynes said. "Since then, three other people were hired for that position and are not there any longer."

She also previously worked as a city clerk and police records supervisor in Michigan and California and has earned a long list of certifications in records management, department-level management, technology and labor issues.

Most recently, Haynes worked as executive assistant to the board of directors at Riverside Bank of the Gulf Coast in Cape Coral. That bank was closed recently by the FDIC.

She will replace former city clerk Teri McMaster, who resigned last November after coming under sharp criticism from Bonfield and a consultant hired to review her department.

"We still have a lot of outstanding issues regarding records management — the storage, retention, disposal of city records," Bonfield said.

McMaster is one of three finalists for the city clerk position in Madeira Beach and will be interviewed there Monday.

St. Pete Beach hires Rebecca Haynes as city clerk 04/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2011 4:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trigaux: How Moffitt Cancer's M2Gen startup won $75 million from Hearst

    Business

    TAMPA — A Moffitt Cancer Center spin-off that's building a massive genetic data base of individual patient cancer information just caught the attention of a deep-pocketed health care investor.

    Richard P. Malloch is the president of Hearst Business Media, which is announcing a $75 million investment in M2Gen, the for-profit cancer informatics unit spun off by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Malloch's job is to find innovative investments for the Hearst family fortune. A substantial amount has been invested in health care, financial and the transportation and logistics industries.
  2. A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  3. 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 149, collapses buildings in Mexico

    World

    MEXICO CITY — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

    A woman is lifted on a stretcher from of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. [Rebecca Blackwell | Associated Press]
  4. FHP seeks semitrailer truck driver that left fiery wreck on I-75

    Accidents

    TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an Interstate 75 crash that left another car burning on Tuesday afternoon.

    Troopers were looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an accident scene on Interstate 75 in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to catch fire. [Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol]
  5. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.