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Lake City Assistant City Manager: City on the Move, Position to be Advertised Shortly

LAKE CITY, FL – With over $10 mil in utility projects on the drawing board and millions in other projects Lake City and Columbia County are finally realizing the fruits of their location. Lake City, the Gateway to Florida, on the intersection of I-75 and I-10, is looking for an Assistant City Manager.

Assistant City Manager Grayson Cason, who began working for Lake City in 2001 as a project manager and is ending his career as Assistant City Manager is scheduled to retire at the end of the month.

What We Have So Far

When the job is advertised, it will be advertised concurrently internally and externally.

City Manager Helfenberger has not determined if the position will be advertised out of state.

Utility experience, waste water treatment (sewers) and drinking water will be mandatory or highly desirable, as well as stormwater experience.

According to City Manager Helfenberger, grant writing experience will be highly desirable.

Also necessary, the ability to deal with complex issues, a work force of 240, and economic development skills.

The Assistant City Manager will work directly for the City Manager.

According to City Manager Helfenberger, after HR does all the preliminary work of advertising the position, doing background checks, and generally doing what HR does, he will be the one to do the interviews and make the hiring decision.

It also appears that HR will be reaching out to former City Manager candidates, in a recruitment role, to see if they would be interested in the assistant city manager position.

Candidates will be required to write a letter of introduction, include a resume with references and fill out completely a City job application.

The salary is expected to be between $90,000 and $100,000, in addition to benefits and all the things municipal employees receive.

It is also not clear if this position will require a contract between the employee and the City.


An informal poll by the Observer found overwhelmingly that this position requires someone who is not from here and not connected to the infamous Columbia County/Lake City good ole' boy network, which over the decades has done more to hold Columbia County back than anything else.

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