TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners will consider a list of nine semifinalists for the vacant city manager position following a screening process conducted by a three-man independent committee.
The city used the International City/County Managers Association Senior Advisors program to conduct the initial screening of 43 applicants. Mark Durbin, a former city manager in Kissimmee, chaired the three-man group that also included former city of Tavares Finance Director Bill Neron and former Boynton Beach City Manager Kurt Bressner.
Further discussion on the semifinalists is expected at the June 20 City Commission meeting.
The group consists of:
• Lee Evett, a former city manager in Los Alamitos, California and Pueblo, Colorado. He most recently served as public works director of Okeechobee County from 2013 to 2017. Evett has a master’s degree in public administration from Purdue University and served four years in the United States Air Force (1966-70).
• Kenneth Fields, current city manager of Lake Wales. He also served as village manager of Islamorada, Florida for two years. Fiels earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie-Mellon University.
• Mark Kutney, former town manager of Loxahatchee Groves, Florida and a former deputy city manager of Belle Glade, Florida. Kutney earned a master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University and a second master’s in regional planning from Penn State University.
• John J. Murphy, current city manager of Hobbs, New Mexico and former city administrator of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Murphy is a retired United States Air Force major who served 20 years, most recently as a public affairs emergency management coordinator. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Marywood University.
• Katherine Nunez, former county administrator, Northampton County, Eastville, Virginia, 2005 to 2016. She also served as town administrator of Ashburnham, Massachusetts (2000 to 2005) and town administrator of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vinyard (1997 to 2000). Nunez earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola University in New Orleans.
• Sharon Ragoonan, former village manager of Biscayne Park, Florida and code compliance manager for the city of Fort Lauderdale. She also served as building and minimum housing manager for the city of North Miami and assistant city manager for Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Ragoonan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.
• David Strahl, former assistant village manager, Mount Propsect, Illinois, 1993 to 2016. He also served as administrative coordinator in St. Charles, Illinois (1986 to 1993). Strahl earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manchester College and a master’s degree in public administration and urban management from Northern Illinois University.
• Anthony Tolstedt, current city administrator of Douglas, Wyoming. He also served as city administrator of Broken Bow, Nebraska (2006 to 2012) and assistant city manager of Alliance, Nebraska (2006 to 2009). Tolstedt earned a bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Regis University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
• Dale Walker, former county manager of Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, 2014 to 2017. He also served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for the city of Macon, Georgia (2011 to 2013) and director of finance for the city of Suffolk, Virginia (2009 to 2011). Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in finance from Central Michigan University.
Among the 43 applicants was former Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford who was not considered because he is no longer a member of ICMA.