Andrew Lukasik, town manager in Jupiter since 2004, is among the top five candidates to be the new village manager in North Palm Beach.
“(Lukasik) is very qualified for the position. But we also have other candidates who are very qualified,” said Councilman Robert Gebbia.
The village council narrowed down the list from 28 applicants. The council plans to conduct background checks on the five finalists and conduct interviews next month. A new village manager should be hired in February, said Mayor David Norris.
The other four finalists are Greg Dunham, town manager, Kenly, North Carolina; Caryn Gardner-Young, former city manager of Parkland; Julian Jackson, city manager, Peachtree Corners, Georgia; and John Murphy, city manager, Hobbs, New Mexico.
Lukasik included in his resume letters of recommendation from Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Michael Busha and Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beth Kigel.
“North Palm Beach is a great community that would allow me to be a more effective ‘hands on’ leader while working closely with the council, employees and the public. North Palm Beach offers an opportunity to work in an environment that plays to my strengths as a manager,” said Lukasik, 46.
North Palm Beach is seeking applicants to replace Village Manager Jim Kelly. The village council agreed Oct. 28 to end Kelly’s contract following complaints from some village residents and officials that Kelly was difficult to work with.
Kelly countered he had overseen the development of a master plan, progress at Anchorage Park and helped village residents through Hurricane Matthew.
North Palm Beach is about five square miles and has about 13,000 residents, Jupiter is about 22 square miles and has about 60,000 residents. North Palm Beach’s annual budget is about $18 million; Jupiter’ is about $80 million.
Kelly’s salary was about $140,000. Lukasik earns about $180,000 in Jupiter.