CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW CITY MANAGER
A Palm Bay resident whose expertise in managing corporate accounts with government clientele will be the next manager of east Central Florida’s second-largest city. Gregg Lynk, 53, originally from upstate New York and moved to Palm Bay last year, was selected by a 4-1 vote of the council. Councilmember Michel Paccione voted in favor of other candidates.
Lynk brought forth a resume that included more than a decade of private sector experience managing business development strategies for a $500-million corporation in which the primary customers were state, federal and local governments. In his 11 years with BI Inc., a leading provider of Offender Monitoring and Reentry Services, Lynk was responsible for creating and presenting a $30-million annual budget and overseeing client accounts and a staff with more than 500 employees. During a canvassing interview held Monday Lynk answered questions about how his private sector background could both help improve and meet the challenges of the city. “I had a board of directors that I reported to that was called the corporate office,” Lynk said. “You have to make money. I represented county, state, and federal governments. They were customers. I also had to take their wish list and marry that with the corporate wish list. There had to be collaboration to come up with a strategic plan and I had success doing that.”
Lynk was one of five candidates selected by the council with non-traditional qualifications that included private sector management experience. The recruiting firm of Colin Baenziger & Associates received 79 other applicants from around the country and provided the council with five candidate recommendations. Seven finalists were ultimately selected to participate in individual interviews with the mayor and council. The candidates also answered questions in a public session with the council that was held on Monday evening. “I am truly honored to be selected as the new city manager of the great city of Palm Bay,” Lynk said after his selection. “This is certainly an exciting opportunity to be able to help our city council implement its vision addressing the many challenges facing our city.” Among those challenges is a critical review of the city’s operations to determine what can be done to fund roads, build utility infrastructure, structure pensions that are sustainable and focus on economic development.