Reese Goad appointed new Tallahassee city manager

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 22:40:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - After a day of interviews, Tallahassee city commissioners voted to appoint Reese Goad as the new city manager.

Goad, along with Lee Feldman and Jill Silverboard, were questioned by the commission Monday -- both as a whole board and one-on-one.

Commissioners reconvened in the late afternoon and voted 4-1 to select Goad for the position.

The three finalists all have several years of experience in city management.

Goad has been serving as the city's *interim* city manager since October, after Ric Fernandez went on paid administrative leave and officially stepped down in January.

Three of the five city commissioners, including mayor Andrew Gillum, will be wrapping up their terms in November.

Commissioner Scott Maddox said the change should not phase the candidate they've chosen.

"I've been through four city manager changes, and this community has done very well with professional people at the helm, regardless of what happens in elections," he said. "You have city commissioners that serve, and then, they move on -- and you have new ones come in. A good, strong manager can weather all of that and continue to move the city forward."

The city attorney will now start the contract process. The commission will come back to this issue at its next meeting on September 26.

None of the finalists were present for the commission's final vote.