Panama City has a new city attorney. At Tuesday nights commission meeting the decision was put to a vote and a selection made.
Commissioner were asked to give their candidates a number from one to three. Three being the highest vote and one was the lowest.
Nevin Zimmerman ended up with thirteen points total, three ahead of the second place candidate.
Zimmerman is from Burke and Blue law firm and has served as Bay County's attorney. Zimmerman recently returned to the firm where he served the first 22 years of his legal career.
He will take over for Rowlett Bryant who has been with the city more than 40 years.
Mayor Greg Brudnicki says Zimmerman had the most experience of the three candidates and he was anticipating Zimmermans well rounded knowledge to help the city in the future.
The two attorneys will go through a transitional phase when a contract is agreed upon. Brudnicki says the length of that transition will be at their discretion.
"You know there is a lot of things in the hopper that they are working on now," said Brudnicki. "Mr. Bryant will have to get Nevin and their firm up to speed and we will probably leave that up to the new attorney to see how long he needs the help.
"Hopefully it won't be too long before we transition."
Assistant City ManagerJeff Brown will be charged with drafting a contract and the city will go into negotiations with Zimmerman over it's contents. Brudnicki said at Tuesday's meeting he hopes to have that settled by next regularly scheduled commission meeting.