Waldo appoints insider to fill city manager post

The city's deputy clerk Kim Worley will take over the post.


Published: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 1:01 a.m.
The Waldo City Commission has appointed deputy clerk Kim Worley to the post of city manager, more than a year after her predecessor left to begin the same job in Starke.
Worley, who has lived in Waldo for 17 years, began working for the city in August 2002 and trained under former city manager Lee Vincent before he left to take the job in Starke.
"I'm hoping to really get the community to grow in all areas," said Worley, whose appointment was unanimously approved by the city commission at its Tuesday meeting.
City Commissioner Rodney Estes, who described Worley as "incredibly energetic" and "highly motivated," said having a city resident serving in the post will be an advantage.
"She lives in the community, her home is there and we can invest in her and I think we will have a good return on our investment because she won't leave us to go somewhere else," he said. "One of the problems with being a small town is we've invested in people in the past and they left us."
Since Vincent left the post in November 2002, Waldo mayor Louie Davis has also been serving as city manager, who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the city. In addition to her new position, Worley also will continue to serve as recreation director for the city.
"We all wear a couple of hats here," she said.
Officials in High Springs are also nearing the end of a search for a city manager to replace Robert Phillips, who retired.
From a field of about 70 candidates, six finalists have been named. They are: Cohen L. Bond, a former county administrator in Marlboro County, S.C.; James Drumm, a management consultant in Lake Alfred; Edward C. Harvey, former county manager in Taylor County; Brian Marlowe, county administrator for Colquitt County, Ga.; David L. Recor, chief of community planning in Fairfax, Va.; and Anthony Shoemaker, a manager with Hillsborough County.
The finalists will travel to the city on Jan. 26 and 27, when the city commission is expected to select a top candidate and alternates. Residents will have a chance to meet and ask questions of the candidates at an event at the civic center on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.
City commissioner Johnny Thomas said it was important to find experienced candidates for city manager, whose duties include aiding with the hiring and firing of city employees, preparing financial reports and carrying out requests from commissioners.
"We want somebody that can communicate with the public and present himself in the right manner of what people in High Springs expect," Thomas said.
Rachel Kipp can be reached at 374-5086 or kippr@ gvillesun.com.

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