Panama City Beach- There will soon be a new city manager taking over in Panama City Beach. Current Assistant City Manager Mario Gisbert got the nod Thursday by the Panama City Beach City Council.
Around 130 candidates had applied for the job, council members then narrowed that number down to six Wednesday. They then interviewed each person individually, ultimately deciding on Gisbert Thursday afternoon.
Gisbert said it's his prior experience with the city that set him apart from the rest of the pack.
"I've worked for the St. Joe Company, I worked fro GAC Contractors so I've been developing in this area with the land-use changes, the annexations that have happened here," said Gisbert.
The position became available after current City Manager Richard Jackson decided to retire at the end of his term this year. The city council will now start contract negotiations with Gisbert.