After hearing approximately thirty citizens during the public input section of the city commission appointment process and hearing five minute presentations by each of the nine applicants, the City Commission voted to appoint Dr. Elaine Bryant.
During the citizen input and applicant presentations, no questions were asked by Mayor Dailey or the City Commissioners.
City Commissioner Curtis Richardson began the process by nominating Dr. Saralyn Grass. The nomination failed 2-2.
Then their was a vote for Dr. Bruce Strouble, who was nominated by City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow. That vote also failed 2-2.
Next, Dr. Elaine Bryant, who was nominated by City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox, was considered. Her nomination carried 4-0.
In the application submitted to the City of Tallahassee, Dr. Bryant described herself as an “adept professional with 35
years of experience in executive management, community leadership, human resources, organizational transformation, strategic planning, and leadership development.”
Dr. Bryant listed her current employment as the Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development with the Florida Department of Financial Services. She has been in that position since 2012.
She wrote in the cover letter accompanying her application that the “City of Tallahassee is strongest when drawing upon the different experiences, skill sets, and backgrounds of those that govern the most critical functions and have a pinpoint focus on building a sense of community.”
Dr. Bryant argued added, “I am uniquely qualified as a proven public servant, entrepreneur, leader, collaborator and consensus builder, with the temperament needed to immediately add value to the Tallahassee City Commission.”
Dr. Bryant was sworn-in immediately after the vote.