Palm Bay City Manager Sue Hann Submits Resignation
By Yvonne Martinez // December 6, 2014
NATIONWIDE SEARCH underway
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY – City Manager Sue Hann submitted a letter of resignation to Palm Bay’s city council Thursday as four of the five-member elected body voted to accept it and appoint Deputy City Manager Chad Shoultz as interim city manager until a national search can begin for a replacement.
Councilwoman Michele Paccione was not present during the meeting to render a vote. Hann began her career with the city as the public works director in 1997.
She was named deputy city manager in 2003 and appointed to city manager in 2011 becoming Palm Bay’s first female to manage east Central Florida’s second-largest city.
During her tenure with the city, Hann was noted for her work on Palm Bay’s new Parkway, phase 1 of which is scheduled to open in January 2015. Hann was also responsible for successfully acquiring several million dollars in grant projects over the years for various capital improvement projects for the Parks and Recreation Department and various road and drainage projects.
She is also credited with leading the city’s financial recovery from the worst economic conditions in recent history to a now stabilizing financial condition.
“During my 17 years with the city of Palm Bay I have seen tremendous growth and progress,” Hann wrote in a statement.
“I am proud to have been part of all that has been accomplished by our team during almost two decades of service. Palm Bay’s most significant achievements have been possible because of partnerships, cooperation and collaboration and I hope that trend will continue. Palm Bay is a wonderful city that is well-positioned for even greater success. I am confident that Palm Bay’s council and employees will continue to work together to serve the city’s residents and businesses with distinction and honor.”
The council took immediate action on the process of finding a new city manager and voted to create a citizen review board for the application review process with each councilmember appointing one citizen.
All applications received by the outside employment agent and director of human resources will be forwarded to the advisory board.
The council will also consider hiring the services of a professional recruiter in conjunction with the review board.
The position must be permanently filled within 180 days after the effective date of the vacancy which, according to the city attorney was December 4.