LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Anne L. Ross, assistant town manager of Longboat Key, and Randal Vosburg, assistant administrator of Highlands County, emerged Wednesday as the two finalists for the Lakewood Ranch executive director's job.
Supervisors for the Inter-District Authority, which oversees operations at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, selected the pair from 35 applicants.
Ross, an East Manatee resident, appeared to be the early favorite to replace Eva Rey, who has accepted a job on Florida's east coast.
Tom Green, chair of the Inter-District Authority, said the board is looking for someone who wants to make a mark.
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Lakewood Ranch will most likely become an incorporated city, although no one knows when that might be, Green said.
"We have to realize that Lakewood Ranch as it exists in five years will be very different than today," Supervisor Alan Silverglat said. "Experience in a municipal environment was more important to me than in a community development district or IDA environment."
A get-acquainted session has been set at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall for 6 p.m. Oct. 7 to give the public and other district supervisors a chance to meet Ross and Vosburg.
IDA supervisors are scheduled to reconvene their meeting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 for one-on-one interviews with the two candidates. Afterward, the board will meet as a group to allow public comment, and select the new executive director, who is expected to earn an annual salary of between $120,000 and $160,000.
Rey, executive director for four years, resigned in August. She has taken a job as director of community management for The Viera Co. Viera is a community of about 20,000 in Brevard County.
In the interim between Rey's departure from Lakewood Ranch and the arrival of the new executive director, Steve Zielinski, chief financial officer at town hall, will serve as interim executive director for about two weeks.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter@jajones1.