Late last week one of the three candidates for the position of Marco Island interim city manager advised the city that he was unable to attend the interviews scheduled for September 24-26. Interview dates were set by city council at their September 4 meeting, but were not confirmed with the candidates.
Over the weekend, Ken Parker, the Senior Advisor for the Florida City and County Management Association advised council that he would try to arrange for James D. Hock of Highland, Michigan to come earlier than the planned September dates. Hock had scheduled his family vacation during the originally scheduled dates.
On Monday, September 10, Parker confirmed that Hock could visit at a time to be announced later this week.
This returns the pool of candidates to be interviewed to the three individuals discussed at the council meeting of September 4.
Those three remain as follows:
David Harden is the former longtime manager of Delray Beach, where he served for 23 years. He spent one year as the interim manager in Port Orange, Florida.
James D. Hock most recently served as the City Manager for Joliet, Illinois from 2013-17. He served for 14 years as both the Assistant and City Manager of Oak Park, Michigan.
Maria Alberro Menendez served as the Assistant Village Manager of Pinecrest, Florida from 2012 to 2017. She served in various capacities in the City of Coral Gables, Florida from 1981 to 2012, ending her career there as the Assistant City Manager.
On September 17, when Marco Island City Council meets again in regular session, the candidate’s more thorough background checks will be presented for their review.