Joyce Shanahan said she's hesitant to leave because she loves Ormond Beach.
Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan is among six finalists to become the next city manager for Naples, earning the most votes in a straw poll during the Naples City Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Shanahan received seven votes, propelling her to the next phase of the Naples job selection — an in-person interview to be conducted in coming months. Though Shanahan said she was initially hesitant to apply for the position, she said she's blessed to be considered. This is the only job she's applied for, and she said she believes she could be a good fit because of similarities between Naples and Ormond Beach.
“Naples, like Ormond Beach is a thriving, stable community with high expectations and engaged and caring residents just like we have here in Ormond Beach," Shanahan said.
Unlike Ormond Beach though, Naples has a smaller population of just over 21,000, according to the 2016 U.S. Census. Their city manager position also pays more, with a salary range of $200,000-$230,000. Shanahan makes $155,000 in Ormond Beach, though she said this wasn't an important factor.
“It’s never really about the money," Shanahan said. "It’s about finding the best fit for an organization. I feel like I fit great here.”
Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington described Shanahan as a "super-professional." He said he would hate to lose her but underands it's a possibility.
“She’s had an amazing career and that would be like the cherry on top of the sundae, if you will, for a city manager," Partington said.
If offered the job, Shanahan said she would give it careful consideration. She said she loves Ormond Beach and its active community, citing it as the reason she accepted the job here. Shanahan added that she's not the type of person to apply to multiple jobs at a time.
She said she's selective because she likes to be part of a community.
“This is a wonderful community," Shanahan said. "I’ve had an amazing time here in Ormond Beach.”