Ron Clare Named Palm Bay Director of Human Resources

By  //  December 18, 2014

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Clare began his assignment on December 8th

Ron Clare has become the Director of
Ron Clare has become the Director of Human Resources.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The City Manager’s Office announces the appointment of Ron Clare to the position of Director of Human Resources. Clare began his assignment on December 8th.

He was selected from more than 100 applicants from around the country.

Originally from Rhode Island, Clare moved to Florida in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social sciences and a master’s degree in school psychology, both from Rhode Island College.

He has an extensive resume in the human resources profession including his service as interim human resources director for the city of Lake Worth, Florida and director of human resources for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale.

Clare is considered an expert in areas of organizational design, classification/compensation and recruitment/selection.

During his service with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office between 2005 and 2009 he successfully negotiated union contracts resulting in savings of more than $10 million and was also able to negotiate health insurance contracts with zero increases.

“We are very pleased to have someone of his caliber and credentials manage our human resources department at a very critical time of transition in our city,” said Interim City Manager Chad Shoultz.

“Our police and fire departments are seeing record numbers of retirements along with key leadership positions citywide that must be filled.Ron’s extensive experience will help ensure we get the highest caliber professionals we are able to acquire.”

Clare, along with a contracted executive search firm will soon commence a nationwide search for a new city manager. The city must also replace the police chief who is retiring in January. “I’m excited to be here and welcome the challenge,” Clare said.

“I look forward to working with all the city staff in not only making the work place better, but making sure we recruit, hire and retain the most professional workforce we can.”

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The city of Palm Bay currently employs 718 full time employees and 71 part time employees to effectively deliver city services to more than 108,000 residents.