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Naples (pop. 23,000) is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Southwest Florida. With its subtropical climate and soft breezes from the Gulf of Mexico, people are awestruck by its natural beach beauty.  In addition to its natural features, Naples is known for its world-class shopping, exceptional dining opportunities, and abundance of challenging golf courses. The City can be characterized as being residential, with a resort lifestyle.

Council-Manager form of government. The legislative body consists of a Mayor and six Council Members. Each is elected at large for four-year staggered terms.

Naples is a full service city, with a staff of 500 and a Total Budget of $135 million.

The major issues in Naples deal with redevelopment and assuring that it supports a high quality of life and protects the tranquility, natural beauty, and residential values of the City.  Naples is a very affluent community, and citizens expect a very high level of services. 

The ideal candidate understands redevelopment in the context of an up-scale beach community, is accustomed to a high level of service delivery, has excellent organizational and financial skills, is high energy, and is politically astute and socially adept. Experience in an up-scale environment, similar to Naples, is highly desirable.

The starting salary range is $150,000 to $200,000, DOQ. Fringe benefits are generous, including the possibility of housing assistance.

Cover letter, resume, and salary history by September 24, 2007, to: Tom D. Freijo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group, Inc., P.O. Box 9328, Winter Haven, Florida 33883.  FAX: (863) 299-6737.  EOE.  Preference in initial employment shall be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans.   Applications in Florida become a matter of public record upon receipt.


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