On Friday, 10/4/19, at the conclusion of a two-day interview process, the Palatka City Commission voted unanimously to offer the position of City Manager to William P. "Bill" Shanahan, Jr., the former County Manager of York County, SC. Mr. Shanahan was one of five finalist candidates for the position.
Contract negotiations with Mr. Shanahan will begin immediately and his final appointment could be considered as soon as the Commission's next regular meeting on October 10th.
Mr. Shanahan graduated in 1996 from City University of Washington with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He served as County Administrator for York County SC from 2013 to June, 2019, and as Deputy Administrator for the City of Augusta, GA from 2011 to 2013. Prior to his 22 years of service in various government management positions, he served 20 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has extensive experience in management analysis, economic development, capital/infrastructure projects and team building.