TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Starting November 21st, Tallahassee has a new city manager. During Wednesday's city commission meeting, leaders voted unanimously to name Rick Fernandez to the job.
Fernandez is currently the Assistant City Manager of Utility Services, overseeing Electric and Underground Utilities, Solid Waste, Business Services, StarMetro, Golf Courses and Fleet Management. He has spent over 27 years working for the City of Tallahassee.
He's taking over for Anita Favors Thompson, who is retiring after 18 years in the position. On November 19th, the city is holding a community celebration at Cascades Park, in honor of her time spent serving the Capital City.
Fernandez has released a statement on his appointment to the new job:
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the City of Tallahassee. The City Commission has entrusted me with a great responsibility, and I’m honored to take the helm as we work together to build a strong, innovative and vibrant community. It has been my pleasure to work alongside City Manager Anita Favors Thompson for more than 20 years. I remain dedicated to working with city employees to meet the needs of our community.”