Lukasik makes top five to be village manager in North Palm Beach


Highlights

Lukasik has been Jupiter town manager since 2004

North Palm Beach is about one-fifth the size of Jupiter

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.

Facebook users, follow Post on Jupiter for latest news and updates.

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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour
KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” "All that we have built and all that we have...
To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk
To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk

LIFTING WITH THE DOC Hard Exercise Works, 10190 Riverside Drive, No. 101, will host a free “Lifting with the Doc” seminar 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. After the workout of the day, Matthew DiLallo, a chiropractic physician from Performance and Wellness Chiropractic, will lead a small group through stretches and give tips to help with lifts and...
UPDATE: Burt Reynolds’ funeral held in West Palm Beach
UPDATE: Burt Reynolds’ funeral held in West Palm Beach

A private funeral service marked by scripture, music and celebrities took place Wednesday for Burt Reynolds, Palm Beach County’s home-grown movie star.  Reynolds, who came to the county as a youth and kept a connection to it throughout his career as an actor and director in Hollywood, died Sept. 6 at age 82.  Wednesday’s service...
Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character
Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department has named its newest K-9 officer after one of Burt Reynolds’ best-known characters. Bandit, an 11-week-old bloodhound, will join the department once he completes eight to 10 months of training. This Bandit isn’t going to smuggle bootleg beer across state lines or be chased by Sheriff Buford T. Justice — rather...
More Stories