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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Changes to Administrative Leadership in DeFuniak Springs-Amended

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DeFuniak Springs, FL…The DeFuniak Springs City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Mell Smigielski Thursday, February 11, just prior to a called special meeting to discuss the city manager’s job performance.  The City Council then voted to immediately eliminate the deputy city manager position filled by Carisse LeJeune and will later consider whether both positions could be handled by a new city manager.  

“Members of the City Council made these decisions with a heavy heart,” says Mayor Bob Campbell, whom City Council appointed to handle the day-to-day administrative operations of the City until a new city manager is hired.  “We appreciate the hard work of Mr. Smigielski and Ms. LeJeune, and we wish them well in their future endeavors. City staff will continue to provide excellent services to the citizens of DeFuniak Springs, and the public can expect to experience no changes in the City’s overall operations,” he says.

The Mayor and City Council are working on new qualifications for the city manager position which will require more technical experience in managing the rapid development and transitional growth of a city within the fast-paced economic boom this city is facing.  City leaders anticipate announcing the qualifications and position within the next few weeks.  Candidates with management, leadership and vision to propel the City forward are encouraged to monitor the City’s website for the posting and details at www.defuniaksprings.net and professional hiring publications.

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