Lynn Haven begins search for city manager

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday, Lynn Haven City commissioners voted to begin the search for a new city manager. This coming two weeks after former city manager Michael White resigned. White was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Lynn Haven City Leaders decided to keep the search for a new city manager in-house rather than hiring an outside firm to find candidates for them.

Some commissioners believe this allows them to look at more candidates and save money. Mayor Margo Anderson was the only one to vote against the search. She said she's still pushing for the city to amend their charter to adopt a strong mayor government.

"That takes 10 percent of the registered voters and if I'm able to do that then we can ask for a referendum to amend the charter," said Anderson.

During the meeting, commissioners voted to give acting city manager Vickie Gainor a 15 percent pay raise and also provided some money for her work-related travel expenses. The commission also acknowledged Gainor for stepping up and her performance.

"It just shows you how dedicated the commission is to try to make sure you have everything in place to do a good job and that includes salary paying people for the work that they do," said Gainor.

Also during the meeting, commissioners announced they will hand out thousands of dollars from the Lynn Haven Hurricane Relief Trust Fund to residents next week to help them recover from Hurricane Michael.

Lynn Haven City Leaders also voted to extend the contracts for their debris haulers. Anderson said she believes they still need the services of the debris haulers, Ash Britt and Crowder Gulf, for special projects.

She said the extension will add to the city's debris bill which is already larger than the city's budget. Anderson said the haulers will be used on an as-needed basis.

Lynn Haven Commissioner Antonius Barnes has been with the city commission for more than 20 years but Tuesday was his last meeting. Mayor Margo Anderson presented Barnes with a key to the city for his many years of service to the community. Barnes said he's honored and privileged to have served the community.