LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The ideal candidate to become Lakewood Ranch Town Hall's new executive director will have a broad range of government experience, understand homeowner association laws, the Florida Sunshine Law, public records laws, be tech savvy, and possess strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
Executive Director Eva Rey, who gave notice this week she is leaving the job after four years to accept a new position in Viera on Florida's east coast, read the list of proposed qualifications Thursday to members of the Inter-District Authority.
With few changes, district supervisors approved advertising the job, which will pay between $120,000 and $160,000.
Supervisors, who praised Rey's tenure at Lakewood Ranch, are setting the bar high in seeking a replacement. They want someone who will be a change agent for Lakewood Ranch, a visionary and a leader -- not a custodian.
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In addition, Town Hall will need to be a warm, welcoming place for residents who visit to take care of business.
District Chairman Tom Green said it pained him when Rey broke the news she was leaving for The Viera Co. in Brevard County.
"But it's one of those offers you can't refuse," Green said.
Rey will be director of community management for Viera, a community of about 20,000. Her resignation is effective Oct. 8.
"This board is very pleased with her tenure and her attention to customer service. That was a key item and she really took the bull by the horns," Green said.
Green also praised Rey for her effectiveness working with other local governmental entities, and with developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.
She also received plaudits for her role in completing Lakewood Ranch's new operations and maintenance facility on time and under budget, and for upgrading the caliber of staff at Town Hall.
In turn, Rey had praise for her co-workers in Town Hall.
"I am just one person. You have an amazing staff who are hard working, and ethical. I am going to miss them," she said.
The executive director position was posted Thursday on the Town Hall website, plus websites for Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties, govjobs.com and Florida Association of Special Districts. The posting closes 5 p.m. Sept. 11.
All applications become public record.
Rey became only the second Town Hall exec in Lakewood Ranch history in 2011 when she replaced Bob Fernandez.
She admitted to being torn by whether to take a new job in Viera or stay in Lakewood Ranch.
"It was the toughest decision I ever had to make," she said Wednesday.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.