Jupiter police chief among 12 finalists for town manager job


Former Jupiter manager was paid about $180,000

Jupiter applicants are from around the nation

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is one of the dozen finalists for the Jupiter town manager position.

About 60 candidates applied for the job, including former police chief of St. Louis Samuel Dotson, city managers from Florida, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, California and New Mexico as well as a U.S. Navy senior liaison officer from Vienna, Va.

Four other Jupiter residents applied. They did not make the cut.

Austin Daniels, a registered representative of Axa Advisors llc; Linda McDermott, a budget manager for the city of West Palm Beach; attorney Heather Martin; and Dennis Weiner, a partner/managing director of Responder Ventures llc, also applied.

Weiner was police chief in Juno Beach before becoming police chief in Coral Gables. He resigned three years ago.

The list of 60 was whittled down to 21 by Strategic Government Resources, a Keller, Texas-based firm hired by the town to recruit candidates. The town agreed to pay SGR $18,500, with additional expenses are not to exceed $8,500, according to the agreement.

The town council reduced that list to the 12. The council is scheduled to hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Community Center to consider which of those 12 to invite for interviews.

Kitzerow, Jupiter police chief since 2005, supervises a department of about 116 sworn officers. Kitzerow, 60, is paid about $147,000 annually. Before coming to Jupiter, Kitzerow was police chief in 96,000-resident Portsmouth, Va.

The annual Jupiter police budget is about $21 million.

Jupiter, with about 60,000 residents, has an annual operating budget of about $90 million. The town has about 380 full-time employees.

Former Town Manager Andy Lukasik, 47, who was paid about $180,000 annually, left March 18 to be village manager in North Palm Beach. Lukasik was Jupiter town manager since 2004.

Town manager candidates and their current/most recent position

Matt Benoit, city manager, Huntsville, Tex.

Lyndon Bonner, interim city manager, Brooksville

David Buckingham, city manager, Morrow Bay, Calif.

Jamie Croteau, management services director, Boca Raton

Matthew Fulton, city manager, West St. Paul, Minn.

Susan Grant, deputy city manager, Coral Springs

Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, assistant city manager, Key West

Chris Heard, city administrator, Lebanon, Mo.

Frank Kitzerow, police chief, Jupiter

Mark Lauzier, assistant city manager, Tacoma, Wash.

John Murphy, city manager, Hobbs, N.M.

Keith Riesberg, city manager, Rio Rancho, N.M.

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