The candidates are:
• Robert Bradshaw, town manager of Indian River Shores, Fla.;
• Richard Rose, a consultant who has worked as city manager of D’Iberville, Miss.
• Timothy C. Smith, a New Mexico resident and former county manager of that state’s Otero County;
• Ronald W. Stock, city administrator of the City of Lamar, Colo.;
• Bill Vance, a Wildwood, Fla., resident whose most recent city employment was as town manager of Lady Lake, Fla.
The search committee is planning to do in-person interviews with the candidates March 29 to April 2, said Pat Garrett, who is executive assistant to the city manager and a member of the committee.
After the interviews, the list will be trimmed to three. A social event then will be held for the city council and the public to meet with the candidates, said Interim City Manager Dave Parsons, also a committee member.
The council likely will choose a top candidate in late April, Garrett said.
Besides Parsons and Garrett, the committee is composed of Mayor Pro Tem Keith McMullin, Finance Director Darla Honea, City Secretary Esther Arzola and Parks and Recreation Department Director Gary Mysorski.
Michael Kovacs resigned as city manager in December to take a job as assistant city manager in Park City, Utah.
Except where noted, all of the following information about the candidates comes from extensive resumes that the candidates mailed to the city:
• Since August 2002, Bradshaw has been the town manager of Indian River Shores, Fla., where he supervises 35 employees. The town’s annual budget is $4.6 million, and the community’s population of 3,829 climbs seasonally to more than 8,000.
As town manager, Bradshaw has shepherded a joint $1.1 million purchase of some small islands for protection and conservation.
Bradshaw also has supervised an $832,000 public safety complex expansion and a $625,000 town hall complex expansion and renovation. He also oversaw a $2.4 million replenishment of the town’s emergency fund.
During Bradshaw’s tenure, the city adopted a wetlands protection ordinance and maintained a “static/reduced’ tax rate from 2002 to present, according to his resume.
Bradshaw previously served as assistant county administrator of St. Lucie County, Fla., and city administrator of the City of Okeechobee, Fla., City of Clyde, Texas, and city manager of Sinton. He was in Sinton from January 1996 to March 1997.
Bradshaw grew up in Corpus Christi. He worked at J&M Distributing Co. of Corpus Christi from 1982 to 1992, serving as the company’s chief executive officer the last five years he was there.
Bradshaw earned a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas in 1981 and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.
• Rose, of Gulfport, Miss., is a municipal consultant who was city manager of the City of D’Iberville, Miss., from July 2004 to July 2009.
As city manager, Rose prepared budgets “with a surplus for the first time in the history of the city,” his resume states. That was achieved through “numerous cost-cutting measures,” he wrote.
After Hurricane Katrina hit the city, Rose “created (a) thorough organizational and documenting plan for damage reimbursements; Katrina FEMA Project Worksheets totaled over $22 million, only $42,000 de-obligated,” Rose’s resume states.
Rose was a city council member in Gulfport, Miss., from 1989 to 2004. He served four terms as president of the council, which provided for an area with a population of 80,000. As a council member, he was “responsible for oversight of 700 employees, including department directors, by evaluating job performance and tasks,” his resume says.
Rose’s background also includes developing crisis response plans for six school districts in Mississippi and serving as the Harrison County FEMA Project Impact coordinator. In addition, he worked on the county’s 911 system and was employed for 18 years as a private investigator.
Rose has a bachelor’s degree in political science/English and a master’s degree in public administration and management.
• Smith is a past county manager of New Mexico’s Otero County, a mostly rural area with a population of 62,000. His responsibilities as county manager included preparation of a $35.6 million budget and supervision of 220 employees.
As county manager, Smith’s work included supervising maintenance of 1,600 miles of roads and serving as contract coordinator for a county-owned detention center used by the U.S. Immigration and Detention Center and a 1,300-bed prison used by the U.S. Marshall Service.
Smith’s work for Otero County also involved oversight on construction projects including a $970,000 courthouse renovation, $700,000 bridge construction and a $1.2 million fairground exhibit hall expansion.
Smith previously worked as town administrator of Wellfleet, a resort oceanfront community in Massachusetts. He also has worked as city manager of Calais, Maine, where about 5,000 people live.
Smith retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997 after 26 years in the military. Part of his Navy experience involved working as a commanding officer at a naval center in Bangor, Maine, where he was responsible for operations, maintenance, long-range planning and staff supervision of 150 military personnel.
Smith has a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in public administration.
• Stock is city administrator and acting city attorney for the City of Lamar, Colo., population 8,500. Among his achievements there have been developing a comprehensive economic development program that included the formation of an urban renewal district.
Stock also is an adjunct instructor at the Askew School of Management at Florida State University at Tallahassee. He teaches courses in leadership, administrator skills, and other areas.
From 2001 to 2007, Stock was city manager of Leesburg, Fla. The town has a population of 21,000, but city government there provides utility service to about 55,000. Stock supervised 590 city employees in Leesburg.
While at Leesburg, Stock “restored morale and built a high-performance management team by restructuring and developing existing staff,” his resume states. The city’s internal training program won a national award in 2005 from the International City and County Managers’ Association.
Stock previously worked as county administrator for Wabasha County, Minn.; as city manager and city attorney for the City of Craig, Colo.; as city attorney at Steamboat Springs, Colo.; as executive director and general counsel for the Front Range Airport Authority in Watkins, Colo.; as special counsel within the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington D.C.; and as city attorney for the cities of Aspen and Sterling, Colo.
Stock has a law degree, a master of laws in taxation degree and a bachelor of arts degree.
• Vance’s most recent city employment was as town manager of the Town of Lady Lake, Fla., from March 2004 to October 2009. There, he managed more than 100 employees in a government operation that serves 14,000 residents with a $20 million budget.
He was involved in responding in the aftermath of two hurricanes and a tornado during his tenure at Lady Lake. That meant handling $2 million in aid from FEMA, among other things.
He “enticed and provided foundation for realized high end commercial development activities in excess of $100 million since March 1, 2004,” according to his resume. Also, he was involved with the institution of commercial design standards and water-friendly landscaping requirements.
Vance worked as town manager in the town of Luray, Va., a town of 4,800, from 2000 to 2003. During his time there, the town’s fund balance in reserves grew from $1.8 million to $3.5 million. He also coordinated more than $1 million worth of water and sewer improvements and “initiated ongoing downtown revitalization activities.”
Vance worked as town administrator for the town of Franklinton, N.C., where 2,200 people lived.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science with a public administration concentration and planning minor.