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Lake City City Manager Search: Headhunter back with another 12th-hour presentation – three more candidates – one new – two old

Photo of weeds on beach island with caption: Headhunter Renee Narloch heads into the weeds as Lake City City Manager search continues
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widget-city-manager-storiesLAKE CITY, FL – The saga of Lake City’s City Manager woes continues tonight at 6 pm. Once again, on the agenda is Headhunter Renee Narlock. This time Ms. Narlock is re-presenting two prior candidates and one new one.

Twelfth-hour information is nothing new for Ms. Narloch. However, the catch-as-catch-can City policy of no deadlines for agenda preparation material leaves Ms. Narloch free to provide information to the City Council as she sees fit.

Tonight, Ms. Narloch is once again scheduled to appear at the Council via Zoom.

link to narloch booklet of three candidatesMs. Narloch’s booklet of recommended candidates didn’t make it to the City Clerk until just before 1 pm this past Friday afternoon.

Ms. Narlock didn’t date her candidate information with the actual date, but used “June 2022” instead. Ms. Narloch has left out specific dates all along.

She presented two candidates to the City Council on May 16: John Hannah and Andrew Hyatt.

While Ms. Narloch alphabetized the names on page two of her booklet, she had the resumes out of order.

Ms. Narloch led off with Andrew Hyatt, the City Manager of Surfside, Florida, the site of the condo collapse that killed 98 people, and a court reached victim’s settlement of $977 million.

In May, Ms. Narloch presented Mr. Hyatt’s resume and did not include his letter of introduction, which was dated May 1, 2022.

The second of Ms. Narloch’s previously presented candidates is John T. Hannah, P.E., who hails from Mississippi.

Mr. Hannah has a wealth of engineering experience and no experience running a municipality.

Ms. Narloch’s newest candidate is Mell Smigielski, who hails from Mexico Beach, Florida.

Mr. Smigielski’s last job was City Manager of DeFuniak Springs, FL, population 6700.

Before that, he was City Manager of Mexico Beach, FL, population 1400.

Mr. Smigielski’s letter of introduction is undated.

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