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Madeira Beach to interview 7 people for city manager role

Madeira Beach’s Board of Commissioners will choose a city manager at a special meeting on Tuesday.
The Commission Chambers at Madeira Beach City Hall
The Commission Chambers at Madeira Beach City Hall [ City of Madeira Beach ]
Published Aug. 11, 2021

MADEIRA BEACH — The Board of Commissioners dwindled their list of city manager candidates from 28 to seven on Monday at a special meeting.

The board voted in early June to not renew current city manager Robert Daniels’ contract, which expires in early September. He is reapplying for the position.

Each commissioner will interview each candidate for about 30 minutes. The commission will vote on a new city manager in a special meeting on Tuesday, two weeks before Daniels’ contract expires.

Here are the seven candidates in consideration.

Lyndon Bonner has served as a city and county manager in various other roles.

The most recent job on Bonner’s application lasted for three weeks in 2018 as the county administrator in Jackson County in Florida’s Panhandle. The county commission voted 3-2 to terminate his employment agreement after an employee alleged sexual harassment over statements he made on several conversations.

He said in his cover letter that the investigation concluded the allegations “did not rise to the level of a hostile work environment.”

He previously served as interim city manager in Brooksville in Hernando County. The job was under a six-month contract that lasted until Dec. 31, 2017.

He also served as North Miami Beach’s city manager for 18 months between 2011 and 2012.

For nearly 15 months Bonner served as Henry County’s manager in Georgia. His employment contract was terminated in 2017 “without cause by (the) newly seated commission,” he said in his application, adding that the separation was “generous and amicable.”

The most time Bonner spent at one job on his application lasted from 2002 to 2006, when he was manager of Bunnell, a city in Flagler County.

Bonner applied for Madeira Beach’s city manager in 2019.

Carl Brown is a grants administrator for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, a position he has held since July, according to his application. He reviews monthly reports and applies for reimbursements from Florida’s Transit Authority and Department of Transportation for local projects.

Before Jacksonville, Brown worked as a financial reporting analyst for the city of Alexandria, Va., from December 2017 to July 2020, and as a senior fiscal analyst for Tampa’s police and fire departments from June 2015 to November 2017. He left both of those jobs to relocate.

Robert Daniels is Madeira Beach’s current city manager and has reapplied for the job.

The city commission voted 3-2 to not renew his contract in June.

Daniels assumed the role in 2019 - first as an interim city manager, which then turned into a full-time role - and focused on the “four main stakeholders” of the city: residents, business, developers and tourism, according to his resume.

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On his application, under his reason for leaving the city manager position, he wrote “I am not leaving!”

Before Madeira Beach, Daniels worked as the Melbourne town manager and the chief of police and interim manager for North Bay Village, a city of 6,000 sandwiched between Miami Beach and Miami Shores. He spent more than 26 years in the Boca Raton Police Department.

Timothy Day, the interim city manager of Bowling Green, Fla., since March, has managed commercial and residential properties for more than a decade, according to his job application. This includes condominium associations, R.V. Parks and Co-Ops.

He served as the town manager of Melbourne - a three-year term before Daniels took over - and spent a career working and training law enforcement and governing bodies. He spent 11 years as a police officer in Providence, R.I.; was a regional field representative for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; became a city councilman and mayor pro-term for Cape Coral; and spent a decade as a director for the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy.

Jeffrey Durbin is the interim town manager of Frisco, Colo., a position he has held since May. Frisco has a population of just over 3,000 people.

For the previous two decades, Durbin worked for Fraser, Colo., a town of more than 1,500 people, first as the community development director from 2000 to 2003, and then as town manager from 2004 to 2020.

He has also worked in design and drafting as well as municipal planning, according to his job application.

Lawrence McNaul is the manager of Hardee County, a position he has held since December 2019. Hardee County has a population of 27,000.

Before coming to Florida, McNaul spent nearly two decades in Iowa. From 2013 to 2019, he was the manager of West Liberty, a city of about 3,700 in Iowa. He also worked as the chief deputy in the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa from 2001 to 2013.

He also spent more than 26 years in the U.S. Army National Guard in various roles, including as a tactical intelligence officer and a commander, according to his job application.

Lee Staab spent 27 years with the U.S. Army, most notably as a commander in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he led all Department of Defense and State Department construction in Europe, Israel and North Africa, according to his job application.

His tenure lasted from 1979 to 2006, and soon after, he became president of Versar International for about 6 years, where he was responsible for the project management of the company’s operations in the Middle East, Asia and the United Kingdom.

From July 2014 to August 2016 he worked as the city manager of Minot, N.D., a city with a population of about 47,000.

More recently, he was the county manager for Grand County, Colo., which has a population of about 15,700.


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