City administrator receives high marks, praise on evaluation

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Mayor Green gives Bowne perfect rating

By Jeff Bryan

In her first annual evaluation as city administrator, Dawn Bowne, received high marks and praise from the city council.

Bowne received 247.6 points out of a possible 280, with Mayor Walter Green giving her a perfect score.

“Provided leadership and a responsible attitude,” the first-term mayor wrote. “(She) continues to provide the leadership necessary to accomplish the city council’s directives.”

Councilman Larry Winkler gave her a score of 276, while Councilwoman Valerie Hanchar and Councilman Rick Hancock provide scores of 255 and 252 points, respectively. Councilman Chuck Dillon rated Bowne with 176 points.

“Dawn has brought a high level of professionalism and leadership to the city’s most visible management position,” Hancock wrote. “(She) interacts well at all levels and with all constituents. Personal skills have been very evident in extraordinary efforts regarding the city utility, fire/rescue and reorganization.”

Among the accomplishments the council touted for Bowne this past year included:

The utility review, business decisions and negotiations, Hancock noted, as well as the fire/rescue review, business decisions and negotiations.

Through negotiations with the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) among one of the projects Hancock directly worked with Bowne, he said she’d been a great partner.

“I appreciate everything she had done for this city; Hancock said.

There were many accomplishments that have occurred this year (2017-18) including the fire department, utilities and balancing the budget, Hanchar noted.

Added Dillon: “The transition of city fire services to Marion County and overseeing the possible sale of the city’s utility system.”

“Dawn wants everything to be done perfectly and I understand that,” Dillon said, noting one aspect she could improve is delegating work to staff. “She does a fantastic job, but we can all improve. I have no criticisms, except you put in too many hours.”

In discussing Bowne’s evaluation, which was approved at Monday’s meeting, Winkler praised her for her “can do attitude, knowledge and professionalism.”

“I appreciate all of your hard work,” Winkler said.

But one area Winkler and most of his colleagues noted on her evaluation is to improve is the relationship with local media.

“You catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” Winkler said, but also wrote in his evaluation. “The position of city administrator should have a great relationship with the local press. “

Bowne thanked the council for its feedback as well as its recommendations.

“I will continue to meet your expectations, the best I can,” Bowne said. “I appreciate all of the comments, both the good ones and the ones that call for improvement, which I do appreciate. I feel privileged to have your faith in me.”