High Springs picks city manager

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 1:19 a.m.
HIGH SPRINGS - Commissioners on Tuesday named a former Lake Alfred city manager as their choice to fill the city's vacant city manager position.
Following finalist interviews on Monday and Tuesday, the commission unanimously offered the spot to James Drumm, who served in Lake Alfred, a city about the same size as High Springs, from 1994-2001 and is now a management and planning consultant. The choice was pending contract negotiations and a favorable background check.
Commissioner Kirk Eppenstein said Drumm showed that he has been able to "color outside of the box in a good way" to accomplish goals.
"He answered the questions in a complete and creative fashion and demonstrated the ability with past experience and his answers in the interview to have the skills we need here for the explosive growth that we're experiencing in High Springs," Eppenstein said.
High Springs has a population of about 3,800.
All five finalists gathered with city officials at the civic center Monday night for a meet-and-greet event with the public. Those who attended had the chance to speak with the finalists, who each spoke briefly about himself.
During the event, Drumm said growth in the city and how to finance it were the topics of questions during his interview.
Drumm, who majored in political science and earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, said Monday that he visited High Springs and the surrounding region while living in Gainesville.
"I came up here, canoed the rivers and tubed," he said.
Tammy Anderson said she came to the event and spoke with the finalists because, as the director of High Springs Child Care, she wanted to be on a "one-to-one basis" with whoever assumed the position.
"Should anything happen, they'll be familiar with me and I'll be familiar with them," Anderson said.
Drumm would replace former City Manager Robert Phillips, who retired.
The other four finalists were: Cohen L. Bond, a former county administrator in Marlboro County, S.C.; Edward C. Harvey, former county manager in Taylor County; Brian Marlowe, county administrator for Colquitt County, Ga.; and David L. Recor, chief of community planning in Fairfax, Va.
Rachel Kipp can be reached at (352) 374-5086 or kippr@gvillesun.com.

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