City Manager Reese Goad recently announced a city reorganization and promotion of employees to further efforts toward the City of Tallahassee’s strategic goals.
“Change is rapid in today’s world, and we must keep pace to ensure organizational effectiveness as outlined in our five-year strategic plan. This includes supporting succession planning to ensure the continuity of operations, working to reflect the community we serve and remaining agile to meet rising needs, while remaining fiscally responsible,” City Manager Goad said.
The announcement included the promotion of three current city employees to the position of Assistant City Mananger.
Dr. Karen Jumonville, who began her career with the City of Tallahassee in 1999 after working for both Leon County and the City of Quincy, is now the Assistant City Manager responsible for the areas of Environmental Services, Growth Management and Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure. Her salary increased from $151,415 to 199,500.
Since 2010, Jumonville has served as the Director of Growth Management, making her the first female to hold this City position. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a doctorate in Public Administration from Florida State University. Additionally, she holds certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Abena Ojetayo, who started with the City in 2017 as its first Chief Resilience Officer, is now the Assistant City Manager responsible for the areas of Fleet, Housing and Community Services, Human Resources and StarMetro. Her salary increased from $151,415 to 199,500.
Most recently, Ojetayo served as the Director of Housing and Community Resilience. Prior to her tenure with the City, she worked internationally and nationally on sustainability, resiliency and development projects including at Cornell University and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Cornell University. Additionally, she is a LEED accredited professional.
Christian Doolin, who joined the City in 2016 as its first Director of Strategic Innovation, is now the Assistant City Manager responsible for the areas of Financial Services, Grants and Enterprise Resources, Procurement, Resource Management, Strategic Innovation and Technology and Innovation. His salary increased from $137,773 to $199,500.
Doolin coordinated the development of the City’s five-year strategic plan and led fiscal and management process improvement efforts. He has an extensive background spanning 25 years in business strategy development, financial and economic modeling, organizational change and process improvement. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in International Development, both from American University.