Live Oak —
The Live Oak City Council met Tuesday afternoon to interview four candidates for the city administrator job. They ended by hiring Joseph Miranti of Saint Cloud, Florida.
Miranti claims to have 25 years in county government and has worked for the counties of Osceola and Madison. He has a master’s degree in business administration and organization management.
He said he is trained to be resourceful in “getting the job done with as little amount of money possible and still provide the services that the citizens need.”
Miranti takes over the job from Bob Farley who was sacked by the council in October. Miranti is scheduled to begin work on Dec. 27.
"I'm looking forward to meeting all of the staff, meeting the people of Live Oak and start listening to the people," Miranti told the Democrat.
He said his two main goals are simple: develop communication with the employees, councilman and community to make it an open line of communication and storm recovery. "I was here before the flood and when I saw the devastation after the flood, we've still got a lot of work to do,” said Miranti.
He said he once had to cut $500,000 out of a budget and did so without letting any employees go.
“I did it by cutting waste and duplication,” said Miranti. “I’m frugal when it comes to spending money and I like to do it by planning ahead.”
Miranti has lived in Florida all his life, starting in south Florida, then central Florida and will now be living in north Florida.
"I'm ready to get in and get to work," said Miranti.
The vote to hire Miranti was 3-2 with councilmen Keith Mixon and Bennie Thomas voting against. Mixon and Thomas said they weren’t overly impressed with either candidate interviewed. Mixon wanted to at least interview Miranti and the other top point getter again. The council used a point system for each candidate based on different strengths. The top two point getters were David Kraus followed by Miranti. However, there was never a motion made that stated the top point getter would be offered the job first. Councilman Jacob Grantham, who chose Miranti to be interviewed, made a motion to hire him. This was seconded by council president Adam Prins.
Miranti’s salary was voted to be $65,000 a year. The salary range for the job is $60-70,000 per year.
The other interviewees were Andrew DeCandis, Kraus and Timothy Williams.