Thomas “Ted” Yates was unanimously selected as our new Village Manager at a special call meeting held at 1:30 pm Friday May 6, 2022. Ted is currently the Mayor of Twinsburg Ohio.
When applying for the position with the Village he provided the principles and values that have led to his success as a city leader: Lead by example; utilize your team members; get your hands dirty; show compassion for others; create a positive organizational culture.
Ted is married to Sharon Yates and they have three children, two adults out on their own and one still in college.
Next step: Vice Mayor Henry Rosenthal was selected by Council to immediately negotiate the terms of a contract with Yates. Yates expects to be able to start work here by July 1.
When the process was finished Councilman Buddy Pinder commented about the fact that in the initial “straw” vote Yates received four first place votes and one second place vote. “I prayed for unity in making this decision. And we did work good together. The outcome was spectacular.”
Village Manager Selection Again: 2022
In January 2022, we lost our tenth manager since 1999. Greg Oravec left on January 27, 2022, after serving less than seven months. The council agreed to pay him through March 31, 2022.
So, once again, Islamorada is seeking a new village manager — the 11th in its 22-year history. Prior to the resignation of Oravec, according to Acting Village Manager Maria Bassett, all former managers except one were asked to leave, including Lawless. The exception was Bernie LaPira, who retired.
The contract with the consulting firm of Colin Baenziger calls for the firm to provide a second selection process at no cost to the Village if the manager selected the first attempt does not stay for a full year. The Council agreed to let the firm provide a new list of potential candidates.
It was announced at the Thursday March 10, 2022 Village Council meeting that eight prospective new Village Managers have been selected by the Village consultant for consideration. Consultant Colin Baenziger sent the Village detailed information about his top choices from over 50 applicants. According to Baenziger, while the Council was hoping to find a candidate with local experience, several local candidates applied but were eliminated.
The Council was provided a book to study: 2 inches of paper printed on both sides. For each candidate, Baenziger provided a cover letter and resume, candidate introduction, background checks, CB&A reference notes, and Internet Search.
The next step in the process will be decided at the next council meeting, March 31, 2022.
The follow list of candidates is in alphabetical order. The dollar amount following their name is their current salary if provided in the council book. Click on their name to see the complete documentation that was provided to the Village Council:
As the candidate information is studied, we will provide additional information and thoughts.
The other position council appoints is the village attorney.
Maria Bassett is serving as acting manager by the council, the third time she has stepped up and was selected to serve as acting manager. She is also serving as the Finance Director.