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Madeira Beach to choose new city manager Aug. 17

The city posted the job Thursday and hopes to fill the position next month.
Madeira Beach City Manager Robert Daniels said he will reapply for another two-year term. The Board of Commissioners are recruiting to fill the role.
Madeira Beach City Manager Robert Daniels said he will reapply for another two-year term. The Board of Commissioners are recruiting to fill the role. [ City of Madeira Beach ]
Published Jul. 2
Updated Jul. 2

Madeira Beach is looking for its next city manager.

The Board of Commissioners is set to select a candidate for the job on Aug. 17. The job was officially posted Thursday and commissioners will review possible candidates in the coming weeks, the board said during a meeting Wednesday night.

The city manager will report to the Board of Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to not renew current city manager Bob Daniels’ contract last month.

During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners outlined the timeline for the hiring process: applications will be accepted until July 30, a special meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7 where each commissioner will announce their top picks, interviews will begin Aug. 9 and a final decision will be made at the Aug. 17 meeting.

The recruiting process began on Thursday, with a job advertisement posted to the city website.

In the ad, the city boasts its ranking as the 9th best beach in the country by Trip Advisor, its median home value of $403,000 and its possession of “one of the most unique shopping destinations in the state” at John’s Pass Village.

The next city manager will work with the commission as new developments come into the city. Daniels told commissioners he plans to reapply for the job and will “distance himself” from the hiring process. If he isn’t selected, the next manager will become the city’s fourth since 2017.

Several managers before Daniels resigned before their contract ended: Jonathan Evans, his predecessor, resigned to return to his old job as Riviera Beach’s city manager in Palm Beach County. Before him, Shane Crawford was forced to resign after a flurry of complaints.

“I’ve heard from people, ‘well who’s going to take that job anyway?’” said Commissioner David Andrews, from the city’s third district. “And four years ago I would have agreed with that assessment. But look where we are.”

Major improvements in Madeira Beach has made the job more favorable recently, like new personnel hires within the city, he said. The new city manager will also oversee new developments, like a new nine-story, 56-room hotel and resort is planned for Gulf Boulevard.

At the meeting, Andrews stressed the city should advertise the search as an “open job requisition.”

“We have to make this known right now, to get the best possible candidate, that this is not Bob’s job to lose,” said Andrews. “The votes are in, the board decided to do a search for the best possible candidate. We didn’t decide to do a search, to compile resumes and compare them to Mr. Daniels.”