By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- Nick Mimms, a 15-year employee with the city of Fort Pierce and the recent interim city manager, has been named the city's newest deputy city manager.
"A city of this size with its opportunities and challenges needs to have a deputy manager to provide support and keep us growing and moving in a positive direction," said Robert Bradshaw, Fort Pierce city manger, regarding the position.
Mr. Mimms held the role of interim city manager for six months in 2012 when then-city manager David Recor submitted his resignation in May.
It was because of that experience that led Mr. Bradshaw to select Mr. Mimms from the three applicants who applied for the open position.
"Two of the three candidates had strong qualifications," Mr. Bradshaw said. "But Mr. Mimms' broad municipal government experience and filling the interim city manager position proved significant."
When the Fort Pierce City Commission voted 3-2 to hire Mr. Bradshaw as city manager during their Sept. 4 meeting, the two "no" votes were from Commissioners Rufus Alexander and Reggie Sessions, who said they both wanted Mr. Mimms to serve as city manager. The three commissioners who voted for Mr. Bradshaw each selected Mr. Mimms as their second choice.
Mr. Mimms' salary did not increase with his new responsibilities, and his current salary is $112,000 per year.
Mr. has also served as manager of the city's public works department, which he will continue to oversee as part of his new duties. In addition, he will handle special projects chosen by the city manager.
"Going into 2013, we will be continuing our work with the Port of Fort Pierce," Mr. Mimms said. "We also made a commitment to be energy-efficient, so we are continuing our work on an energy-saving performance contract."
Recently, Mr. Mimms attended a leadership development program that helped him to develop some of the skills he will need in his new role.
Mr. Mimms began his new position Dec. 24.
"It's an honor to have a position of this magnitude in the city in which I was born," Mr. Mimms said. "It's a tremendous learning experience."