Palm Coast - City of Palm Coast Administrative Services and Economic Development Director Beau Falgout, one of nine City department heads, has been promoted to Assistant City Manager.

During a Palm Coast City Council workshop earlier this year, the need to designate an Acting City Manager was raised by the facilitator guiding the City Charter review process. At that time, City Manager Jim Landon and Council Members discussed naming an Assistant City Manager.

"This change will continue to build depth and capacity in the organization and provide a mechanism for an Acting City Manager in case of the City Manager's extended absence to ensure necessary administrative functions continue seamlessly," said Human Resources Director Wendy Cullen.

The change will not add a position to the City's administration. Falgout will continue to direct the Administrative Service and Economic Development Department, which includes the functions of the City Clerk, Communications & Marketing, Economic Development and Central Services (Budget, Purchasing, Contracts, and Risk Management).

Since being named Director of the ASED Department in May 2016, Falgout has reorganized the Central Services Division to improve efficiency and save staff time. Last year, the City implemented an array of digital processes related to purchasing, bid management and contracts, and the results have been positive. One side benefit was that 43,014 pages of paper were saved. The City has also expanded its social media presence during weather emergencies and added content to the City website to keep citizens informed on City operations and budget.

As City Council focuses on technology, innovation and economic growth as major themes for 2018, a new position - Head of Innovation and Economic Growth - is being added in the ASED Department this year. Falgout is tasked with recruiting and managing this new position in order to move this important City Council initiative forward.

"Beau has demonstrated strong leadership and management skills, and I believe he will continue to be successful in his new role," Landon said. "Our City and organization are growing, and this change establishes a clear chain of command that provides another layer of depth in the upper administration. With the City experiencing hurricanes two years in a row, and the Council's discussion about designating an Assistant City Manager, the time is right."

Falgout started his career at the City 11 years ago as a Planner in the Community Development Department. Since that time, Falgout has led multiple teams, handled numerous special projects, and taken on additional duties to further the City's goals and objectives. He has served on the executive team for nearly two years.

Originally from a small town outside New Orleans, Louisiana, Falgout grew up in Mulberry, Florida, and attended the University of Florida. He was an Anderson Scholar, earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and completed graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning. Falgout is a member of the American Planning Association, International Economic Development Council, International City/County Management Association, and International Council of Shopping Centers. Falgout and his wife, Jessica, and their 1-year-old son live in Palm Coast.

For more information, contact Communications & Marketing Manager Cindi Lane, at 386-986-3708 orclane@palmcoastgov.com.