Posted November 28, 2017 12:02 am
By SHELDON GARDNER email@example.com
14 apply for St. Augustine Beach Commission slot
Fourteen people are vying to fill a seat on the St. Augustine Beach city commission that opened when Gary Snodgrass resigned on Nov. 6, citing a workload that he could no longer handle.
Whoever gets the spot will be able to serve the rest of his term, which will expire Dec. 31, 2018.
Candidates include a former commissioner and current members of the Comprehensive Planning and Zoning Board.
The deadline to apply for the post was Nov. 22, and commissioners will interview candidates on Dec. 4 and could fill the seat at that meeting, City Manager Max Royle said.
“It may take the entire meeting to interview the candidates,” Royle said, adding that other meeting items can be continued if needed.
City Charter calls for commissioners to choose a replacement by Jan. 5 or have a special election, Royle said.
If needed, a special primary election is estimated to cost $16,190, according to Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes. A special general election is estimated to cost $16,390. Early voting, which is optional, would cost $1,000 per day, per election.
To be considered, candidates have to participate in the Dec. 4 interview and also must be registered voters of St. Augustine Beach who have been residents since Nov. 1, 2016, according to the city.
The following is a summary of candidates, based on their letters of interest and resumes provided to the city:
• Rose Bailey was a vice president and regional loan manager over three states for PNC Bank. After retiring, she worked as a mortgage broker and processor.
• David Bradfield’s background includes real estate and development, and he has served on the planning and zoning board. Jane West, the board’s chair, submitted a letter of interest on behalf of Bradfield. (According to Royle, commissioners can decide whether her letter was OK in place of a letter from Bradfield.)
• Patricia Gill, a city resident for more than 20 years, has served on the beach planning and code enforcement boards. She’s also worked in higher education, holding both teaching and administrative positions.
• Jeffrey Holleran, a beach planning board member, has created and led several local businesses.
• James Kaye has about 40 years’ experience as a family physician and was the medical examiner of Ocean County, New Jersey. He’s lived in St. Augustine Beach for nine years.
• Kevin Kincaid, who came to St. Augustine Beach after retirement, worked from 1979 until his retirement in 2008 for the fire department in Fairfax County, Virginia, in both firefighting and administrative positions. He also has experience as a medical escort.
• Patricia Wittman Kreis has lived in the city since 2012. She works for Dell Technologies and has worked in technology for more than 30 years.
• Michael Longstreet, a former beach commissioner, has lived in the city for 23 years. He has also served on the city’s beautification advisory committee.
• Roberta Odom, a realtor, serves on St. Augustine Beach’s planning board.
• Tom Reynolds, a stay-at-home dad of two sons, bills himself in his letter as a “government watcher.” His most recent employment includes commercial pickup and delivery driver, though he’s had experience in other industries.
• Dylan Rumrell is the owner of two businesses, Ancient City Brewing and Southern Cross Consulting Company.
• Donald Samora, a beach resident since 2010, is a business owner.
• Ernesto Torres, who has served in the military for about 30 years, is on the city’s Code Enforcement Board.
• Kay Watkins is a U.S. Navy veteran and former hospital laboratory scientist. She retired in 2016 from the Naval Hospital Jacksonville as an off-shift supervisor.