HIGH SPRINGS – In an important development for the City of High Springs, the City Commission has named a new city manager. On Thursday, March 14, Jeremy Marshall was unanimously selected to fill the position vacated by former city manager Ashley Stathatos.

jeremy marshallPrior to the selection, citizens were given the opportunity to get to know the two finalists for the position at a meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. The Commission then conducted interviews at a Special Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. with Marshall and Jeff Shoobridge, the two finalists for the position.

During the regular City Commission meeting held at 5:30 p.m., Commissioners voted on the two applicants and chose Marshall.

Marshall has a bachelor’s in business administration and is a candidate for a master’s degree in public administration. He worked as administrator of Valley, Nebraska, in 2022 and served as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Farmington, New York.

The City and Marshall are currently entering into contract negotiations. Should the City and Marshall be unable to successfully complete a contract, City staff may move to negotiate with second-ranked candidate Shoobridge.

Marshall’s application indicates a $100,000 salary request. The position was advertised at a salary range of $100,000 - $120,000 annually “with generous benefits which include a vehicle allowance, retirement benefits through FRS, health, vision, life, dental, short- and long-term disability insurance.”

A requirement of the position is that the city manager reside within the city limits of High Springs.

Until the contract is finalized and the new city manager is in place, three city staff members will take over the responsibilities of city manager.

Police Chief Antoine Sheppard will manage law enforcement and City Clerk Angela Stone will oversee the city clerk’s office, with spending authority of the city manager and decision-making on employee appointments and dismissals. Public Works Director Thomas Henry will head up the remaining City departments.

Previous City Manager Ashley Stathatos submitted her letter of resignation in November 2023; and officially ended her service to the City at the end of February 2024.

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