Magazine article Public Management

Moving Up: Ed Mitchell

Magazine article Public Management

Moving Up: Ed Mitchell

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Recent accomplishments: When Ed Mitchell came to work for the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, as an intern back in 1987, little did he know he'd be back one day. He returned in 1993 as an assistant city administrator, then advanced to city administrator in 1999.

As an intern, he helped the city return to financial health, and that experience continues to serve him well.

During a meeting in May [2008] in Marco Island, Mitchell was chosen to head the Florida City and County Management Association as board of directors president. He gave his welcoming address at the conference's awards and business luncheon, emphasizing his priority of improving the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University.

The institute focuses on improving local government and public service academics, professional development, and creating a forum for local government issues and challenges in Florida. The association has more than 500 members, making it one of the largest state local government management associations nationally. It works closely with the International City/County Management Association.

Being city administrator has its challenges, says Mitchell, who oversees 1,700 employees and a $400 million budget. "Dealing with tax cuts and decreased city revenues each year have put a few gray hairs on my head," he said. "But this year, we closed a $9.5 million deficit."

Although his dad, an attorney, pushed him to become a lawyer, Mitchell said he always had an interest in working for a local government. He enjoys the diversity of his job. …

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