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On Friday, 1/12/18, at the conclusion of two days of intensive interviews, the Palatka City Commission voted unanimously to offer the position of City Manager to Mr. Zeriah Folston, currently the City Manager of Archer, a city located in Alachua County, Florida, Mr. Folston was one of five finalist candidates for the position. On Thursday, the Citizen Search Committee interviewed eight semi-finalist candidates, which had been chosen from a field of 91 original applicants for the position. Five finalist candidates went on to continue interviews with the City Commission on Friday.
Contract negotiations with Mr. Folston will begin immediately. Mr. Folston's appointment is expected to be considered at the Commission's January 25, 2018 meeting.
Mr. Folston graduated in 2008 from University of Central Florida with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He served as an intern under the Alachua County Manager from August, 2008 to February 2009, worked a grants/contracts specialist in the Alachua County Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011, and as a Budget Analyst from 2010 to 2014. He has been the Archer, Florida City Manager since February, 2016. He is a member of Florida City and County Managers Association (FCCMA), Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) and is Vice President of Santa Fe Pop Warner, Inc.