STUART — The City Commission Thursday unanimously named City Attorney Mike Mortell as interim city manager to temporarily succeed City Manager David Dyess.
What happened: The commission selected Mortell for the interim role for six months starting March 31. There will be a three-month “check-in” to determine whether the commission wants to do a broader search for a permanent manager.
Mortell will receive no pay raise from his current $187,250 salary to serve as interim city manager.
Dyess has resigned from his Stuart job to become village manager of Juno Beach in Palm Beach County. His last day in Stuart is March 30, according to city spokesperson Misti Guertin.
The commission Thursday also unanimously named former City Manager Paul Nicoletti as interim city attorney.
Why it matters: Mortell is a former Stuart mayor who served on the City Commission for a decade before becoming city attorney in 2013. Nicoletti was city attorney from 2005-2011, then was city manager until retiring in 2017.
Their appointments come about a month after Dyess’ resignation. A Florida retirement program requiring employees to leave their posts after a specific amount of service meant Dyess had to look for another job elsewhere, he said. A former Stuart police chief, he has been a city employee 33 years.
Dyess must start in Juno Beach no later than May 1, according to his contract. His salary will be $183,000, roughly a 4% raise from his current $176,342.
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