PCB city manager to help Mexico Beach

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mexico Beach is still mourning the loss of City Administrator Andy Anderson, who passed away in November.

The city of Panama City Beach searches for a new city manager and lending their city manager to the city of Mexico Beach for some administrative help. (WJHG/WECP)

City leaders are looking for someone to fill the void and help disperse the $200 million from FEMA to help the area recover from Hurricane Michael.

“We just cannot afford, with the devastation that Mexico Beach has incurred, we cannot back up,” said Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey.

On Monday, Panama City Beach city leaders approved an agreement to lend Mexico Beach City Manager Mario Gisbert to step in as interim city administrator.

"As unfortunate as the situation was that created this, I think we're blessed having a city that is willing to do this,” said Cathey.

Gisbert will work for Mexico Beach three days out of the week. Gisbert will work as the Assistant to the City Manager in Panama City Beach afterwards.

"They've done a yeoman's job for what they've accomplished but they still have a long way to go,” said Gisbert. “Now that the FEMA monies are coming in, there are people coming out of the woodwork to help them and the opportunity to help is something I look forward too."

The cities will split Gisbert's pay during this time. Mexico Beach will reimburse Panama City Beach Gisbert's hourly rate

Panama City Beach selected six candidates to interview to replace Gisbert, who is retiring. These candidates were picked from more than 50 applicants.

"What you see on paper is just a starting point. Once you get to see them and how their experience levels are and how they interact with people that's probably the most critical thing,” said Panama City Beach Councilman Geoff McConnell.

City leaders say the candidates will be interviewed on December 13th.

They will tour the city, have a chance to meet with locals and attend a council meeting a few days before their interview.

The council appointed Holly White as interim city manager.

Here are the six candidates:

Anthony O’Rourke

Mark Rooney

Leonard Sossamon

Paul Van Haute

Scott Lambers

Roy Coley

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