UPDATE: Hayes has now advanced to the top four finalists (2/27/19) It seems like just yesterday that Mount Dora hired its newest City Manager, Robin Hayes. In fact, the city’s top administrator started over two years ago, after leaving her position as the City of Ovideo’s Director of Management Services. On February 19, Palm Coast City Council placed Hayes on its short list of six finalists to fill its city manager position out of the 57 candidates that applied for the position. The Council's final decision is expected on March 12.
Hayes is in contention alongside the current interim city manager of Palm Coast who has worked for that city for 12 years. The other finalists include applicants from Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Florida.
Hayes notified Mayor Nick Girone of her intention to apply for the job as she is contractually obligated to do. The rest of the council was informed last month after she became one of sixteen finalists.
Hayes continues to enjoy a positive working relationship with council members and earned a raise last year which brought her current salary to just over $157,000. Palm Coast’s last city manager had a salary of $177,000.
Although Hayes’ time with the City of Mount Dora may seem short when compared to private sector employment, the average tenure of a city manager is variously estimated to be between two to five years due to the perils of the occupation and greater external opportunities.
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