Thomas Whitley, who was the Chief of Staff to Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey, has taken a new job with the City of Tallahassee.
Whitely recently accepted a position as the Director of Strategic Innovation. The position became vacant during the recent city reorganization.
Christian Doolin, who joined the City in 2016, was the city’s first Director of Strategic Innovation. He 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.
Whitley’s starting salary in the new position is approximately $130,000. He was making $94,000 as Mayor Dailey’s Chief of Staff.
The job was posted on April 25, 2022.
The position required a master’s degree in public or business administration, or a related field and five years of professional experience in business consulting, process improvement, planning, and/or management areas; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Three years of the required experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.
Whitley’s local government career began in April 2018 when he was hired as the aide to then Leon County Commissioner John Dailey. When Dailey was elected mayor in 2018, Whitley became Dailey’s Chief of Staff.
Before his position with Leon County, Whitley was the Assistant Director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards at Florida State University from June 2016 to March 2018.
Whitley has several higher education degrees, all related to religion.
He has PhD in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State University (2011-2016), a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University (2007-2010), and a B.A. in Religion/Religious Studies form the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2003-2006).
The City’s Director of Communications told TR that Whitley was one of four people who were interviewed for the job.