After 33 years, Richard Jackson has retired from his position as Panama City Beach's City Manager. Now after more than three decades, the city is getting set to break in a new person for the job.
Mario Gisbert beat over 130 other candidates for the spot back in June. It's a move that he's excited to make as he embarks on the next part of his journey working for the city.
Gisbert's term as City Manager began one minute after midnight on Friday. Thursday night, Beach City Council members voted to accept his contract moving him up from his post as Assistant City Manager. Gisbert has been working especially close with Richard Jackson for the past few weeks in preparation for the move and has already started getting involved with his new duties.
"Richard and I have been working together for the last 2 years," says Gisbert. "I've also been working with the other department heads as the Assistant City Manager on and off with different projects so a lot of transition has already done on, now we just dig into the details."