Panama City Beach could have a new city manager by the end of this month. The city has already whittled the list of candidates down to a handful of finalists to replace Richard Jackson, who has served in the post for 33 years.
According to Mayor Gayle Oberst, each city council member will meet one-on-one with the five finalists on Wednesday, June 27. Later that day, each finalist will be interviewed by the full board.
The council will rank the top three candidates at its meeting on Thursday, June 28 and city staff will begin contract negotiations with the top choice.
"I don't think we'll ever fill Mr. Jackson's shoes, but we will find a good city manager and we're looking forward to it," said Oberst. It will be a change for the city, a change for our staff, but that's the way it goes."
Two of the finalists are Mario Gisbert, Assistant City Manager, and Bob Majka, Assistant County Manager for Bay County.