Texas native Robert Bradshaw became city manager on Nov. 1. ...
He says he prefers transparency and hopes to change the public’s
perceptions of City Hall.
College, and the St. Lucie County School District.
He plans to use his team-building skills with the staff, he
says. “I want to empower and trust department heads to run
their departments. I want to trust their expertise to do their
jobs, while I have oversight. I am amazed at what staff has
accomplished with the budget cuts and layoffs, yet they have
continued to produce at a high level and I respect each and
every one for that.”
To make the city more efficient he’s working on some departmental
David Carlin has been promoted to planning manager, and
we’ve saved $13,000 by changing the classification from director
manager after former city manager David Recor resigned,
was named deputy city manager.
Citizens in the past year have increasingly called for an end
to random crime and street shootings in Fort Pierce. Bradshaw
find funding for an electronic network that would detect and
locate gunshot sounds and report to police in a split second.
The city always needs more money. Bradshaw says he supports
reorganizations, he says. “We’ve already started.
to manager.” Nick Mimms, who served as interim city
says he supports Police Chief Sean Baldwin’s efforts to
art and culture programs, such as the highly successful
Art in Public Places program that resulted in numerous
sculptures in the historic downtown area, and hopes funding
can be found. He also hopes to find funding for nonprofits
that work with children.
Bradshaw worked on the Treasure Coast for 15 years,
returning to Texas for a few years while his daughter was
in college there. Before he took his current job he was city
manager for the coastal Texas community of Port Aransas,
on an island near Corpus Christi, for two years. Before that
he was city administrator in Okeechobee and town manager
for Indian River Shores. From 1999 to 2002 he was St. Lucie
County’s assistant county administrator.
He says his major interests as Fort Pierce city manager are
economic development, intergovernmental relations and
the city budget. He says he believes the top interests of city
residents are jobs, a business-friendly atmosphere, and safety.
He plans to continue on the course specified by the city’s
current strategic plan through 2016. “I want to build and
expand on what they started,” he says. “I want to recognize
the past and build on it for our future.”
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