Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Council Meets Tonight on Possible Manager Selection


The Marco Island City Council hosted a lightly attended community “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday evening for the four candidates they have chosen to compete for the open position of city manager. Last evening’s event, which was held in council chambers, was in contrast to the more festive affair at a local restaurant held last July for the then sole remaining candidate. That candidate eventually failed to receive the requisite five votes needed to obtain the “super-majority” vote to obtain the position. He only received three of the necessary five votes needed from the seven member council, and the search was restarted the next month after some reconciliation with the search consultant.

The finalists include: Daniel Alfonso, the current City Manager for the City of Miami, since 2014, who served in various positions within the City of Miami and has a strong background in finance. David Fraser, the former City Manager of Boulder City, Nevada from 2013 to 2017. William Malinen, who formerly held the position of City Manager in Branson, Missouri from 2013-2017. Lastly, Lee Niblock, the former Alachua County Manager in Florida who held that position from November 2014 until September 2017.

Daniel Alfonso is the only candidate that is presently employed, while the other three have either been terminated or resigned from their former positions.

None of the four remaining candidates have held positions in the private sector, which at the outset was one of the criteria that council had been seeking in a candidate.

Individual private interviews between councilors and the four remaining finalists are being held today and an open meeting with the public will convene this evening at 5:30 PM in council chambers. The council will continue the questioning of the candidates in an open forum where they will either select a new manager or simply choose to continue the search for more candidates.

The selection process requires a “super-majority” vote of five councilors to choose a new manager. This meeting is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 PM today (November 2nd) in council chambers.

Daniel Alfonso shares a light moment with Carole Roberts at the Meet and Greet. (Photos by Steve Stefanides)

Lee Niblock (right) makes a point with Councilor Howard Reed.

William Malinen listens to an attendee.

David Fraser sharing a moment with a member of the public.

Councilor Charlette Roman (left) speaks to Preston Stiler and Jennifer Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections.

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