Amid an ongoing FBI investigation and less than two months before city elections, City Commissioner Nancy Miller caught her colleagues by surprise when she proposed forgoing the process of conducting a national search for a new city manager and hiring current interim City Manager Reese Goad.
She proposed a two year contract for Mr. Goad who was appointed interim city manager after former City Manager Rick Fernandez resigned during an ethics investigation.
Previously, the city commission had voted to conduct a national search and wait until after the upcoming elections to make a decision about the city manager process.
The upcoming elections will result in two new city commissioners and a new mayor.
Miller’s motion caught city commissioners by surprise.
Miller said that she changed her position on the process because she felt the city was in a static position and was unable to advance under the current situation.
Both Mayor Gillum and Commissioner Richardson disagreed with Miller’s assessment.
Gillum said he was uncomfortable with “short circuiting” the process.
Ultimately, Commissioner Ziffer made a motion to expedite the search process and reconsider the decision in October.
However, Miller said she was not interested in supporting Ziffer’s compromise motion.
Ziffer’s motion passed 3-2 with City Commissioners Scott Maddox and Nancy Miller voting no.