Meet Your Manager
Assistant City Manager Beau Falgout was appointed to serve as Interim City Manager in September 2018. Falgout also directs the Administrative Services 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).
Falgout started his career at the City 11 years ago as a Planner in the Community Development Department and has served on the Executive Team since May 2016. Over the years, he has led multiple teams, handled numerous special projects, and taken on additional duties to further the City’s goals and objectives. In 2017, he reorganized the Central Services Division to improve efficiency and save staff time, implementing an array of digital processes related to purchasing, bid management and contracts. The City 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 this year, Falgout successfully recruited the City’s first Head of Innovation and Economic Growth.
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 2-year-old son live in Palm Coast.
The Council/Manager Form of Government
The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47 percent of U.S. cities with populations of 5,000 or more have adopted the council-manager form.
The Mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. They are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, determining the tax rate, and formulating broad long-term policies that outline the City's public function. The manager is appointed by council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.
Responsibilities of the City Manager's Office
The primary responsibility of a city manager is to implement the policies of the elected City Council. In addition, in the council-manager government, the manager assumes responsibility for:
- Directing day-to-day operations;
- Preparing the annual budget;
- Overseeing personnel matters;
- Recommending policies or programs to the City Council;
- Keeping the council fully advised of the financial and other conditions of the city; and
- Supplying the council with information to aid decision making
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