The City of South Daytona is community of nearly 13,000 residents located on the picturesque banks of the Halifax River in east Volusia County. With a palm-lined business corridor, the community is predominately residential with a small-town ambience and waterway access that epitomizes the Florida lifestyle.  Located near the I-4 and I-95 interchange, big City amenities are a just a short drive away. Incorporated on June 18, 1951, the City encompasses four square miles, bordered on the south by Port Orange and Daytona Beach to the north.  Its compact size and hometown atmosphere promote a friendly and relaxed quality of life.


With affordable waterfront living and a Florida boating lifestyle, South Daytona offers a variety of housing options. Quiet, well maintained residential neighborhoods include single family homes, upscale waterfront homes on the Halifax River, unique canal homes with direct boat access to the Intracoastal Waterway, a luxury waterfront condominium and multi-family apartment complexes.  

South Daytona has a unique rental property program that includes a mandatory Business Tax Receipt and annual inspections of all rentals in the City. This program has served as a model for other cities. The City has a robust code department of three full-time code officers and one full-time rental housing inspector.


The City has a dedicated Police Department with 30 sworn members and a 16-member Fire Department to ensure the safety of our residents. In partnership with the Volusia County School District, the City employees a full-time School Resource Officer at South Daytona Elementary School. Citizens Patrol is an active volunteer group that serves as additional eyes and ears of law enforcement by patrolling the streets of the City and reporting any unusual activity. The Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of 30 committed volunteer citizens that have been trained to respond to natural and manmade disasters. The Citizens Alert Council has served as the local Neighborhood Watch program for the past 35 years. Members support our first responders, staff the Police Community Relations Office in the Sunshine Park Mall and play an integral role in community events.


With a popular boat launch, fishing pier and kayak launch, water activities are a way of life for many residents. The City boasts nine well-manicured parks and the Piggotte Community Center offers recreational programs, classes, a catering kitchen and a venue for meetings, weddings and other events. The Babe Ruth Baseball program draws youth from all around the Halifax area. Signature community events include the Enchanted Forest, Grillers Gone Wild, Native American Earth Festival, Mayor’s Golf Tournament, Kids and Cops Fishing Tournament, Annual 5K run and the International Roboboat Competition. Golf carts are allowed on designated City streets.

Nearby, sporting and leisure events are plentiful with the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR, LPGA and Jackie Robinson Ballpark just minutes away. Cultural experiences in the area include The Museum of Arts & Sciences, Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Peabody Auditorium and much more. Volusia County offers many opportunities to enjoy its diverse natural surroundings that include springs, parks, lakes, trails and nature preserves.


Orlando’s famous theme parks, attractions and world class cuisine are just an hour away. Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami are easily accessible destinations.  The US1 Highway follows the eastern coastline, providing connectivity to our neighboring cities and ending in Key West, Florida. Daytona International Airport offers a convenient way to avoid interstate traffic and terminal congestion while traveling on American, Delta and Jet Blue.


South Daytona Elementary, with more than 900 students, is the largest elementary school in Volusia County. The District serves more than 61,000 students and has earned an overall “B” grade for the third year in a row. The City is also home to a private parochial academy enrolling pre-school through high school.

The area’s three high schools offer a variety of programs including the International Baccalaureate Program, career academies, advanced placement and dual enrollment with local colleges. Nearby universities that offer excellence in post-secondary education include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the world’s leading aviation and aerospace university, Stetson University, Daytona State College, University of Central Florida-Daytona and nearby Orlando campus, Bethune-Cookman University and Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida campus.


The economic climate in South Daytona is flourishing with prime riverfront property available for large-scale development.  There are over 30 acres of scenic riverfront property available for development with zoning that allows residential, dining, retail, hotels, marinas and offices. Currently, there are at least three projects with a combined value in excess of $50,000,000 moving forward in the City. They include a 101 unit townhome/condominium project with boat slips; a 248 unit apartment complex project and a 16-bed assisted living facility project. The 24-acre South Daytona Business and Industrial Park located off of U.S.1 includes small parcels available for development and warehouse spaces in the existing facility.  It is located on an active railroad spur.


The City’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) incorporates all of US1 and the shoreline. There are great opportunities for redevelopment with incentives such as special assessments, general obligation bonds, special revenue bonds, tax abatement/deferment, public-private partnerships, special district designations and grants and loans. The US1 Streetscape Project (phase 1) completed in 2013, transformed the north business corridor by burying power lines, adding decorative landscaping, lighting and signage, and incorporating intersection and sidewalk improvements.

Our business-friendly government gives companies every opportunity to succeed, with employees walking business owners through the permitting process to ensure a smooth transition. In addition to our healthy mom and pop enterprises, we have several business parks with room for business expansion.

Neighboring Daytona Beach, a mecca for beach goers and NASCAR enthusiasts, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge of exciting development including a Hard Rock Hotel, oceanfront hotels, Speedway expansion and development of One Daytona, a major commercial and residential complex. Nearby Daytona Beach International Airport is home to the UCF Business Incubator, supporting high tech companies. Port Orange, our neighbor to the south, is developing a riverfront project along our border including public park space and room for private commercial and residential development.

Our area is exploding with new energy and development. With some of the most affordable coastal land in the state, there are opportunities for economic success in South Daytona.


As a full service City, South Daytona has more than 55 miles of water lines, 40 miles of sewer lines and 45 miles of roadways. The City is the recent recipient of grant funding that will pay all resident costs to convert from septic to sewer. This program is scheduled to begin in 2019.

Following the Tropical Storm Gordon in 1984, the City implemented a comprehensive $20 million dollar plan to mitigate flooding in the City.  Primarily funded through grants, this proactive investment has significantly lessened the impact of tropical storms and hurricanes on our streets and homes.


Excellent health care providers such as Halifax Health Medical Centers and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (AdventHealth) deliver acute care, outpatient facilities and more throughout Volusia County.


By City Charter, South Daytona has operated under a Council/Manager form of government since 1980. The City has enjoyed stable leadership with the same City Manager for more than 31 years. The legislative authority is vested in the Mayor and four Council Members elected at large. Elected officials have a staggered term. The City Council appoints the City Manager by an affirmative vote of four members and may remove the City Manager by an affirmative vote of four members. The City Manager shall be accountable directly to the City Council for the proper discharge of the duties of his office and for all actions taken or performed by him and by all city employees under his supervision or control. The City’s currently has 105 municipal employees.

By City Charter, the powers and duties of the City Manager are as follows:

  1. Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city;
  2. Appoint and, when (the manager) deems it necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove all city employees, except as otherwise provided by contract or by law;
  3. Attend all meetings of the city council (with the right to take part in discussion but not to vote);
  4. See that all laws and acts of the city council subject to enforcement by (the manager) or by officers or employees subject to his/her direction and supervision,  are faithfully executed and enforced;
  5. Prepare or cause to be prepared and submit to the city council the annual budget, budget message, and capital program;
  6. Prepare or cause to be prepared and submit to the city council a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year;
  7. Prepare or cause to be prepared and submit to the city council such other reports as the council may require concerning the operation of city departments, office and agencies subject to his/her direction and supervision;
  8. Keep the city council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations as (the manager) deems desirable concerning the affairs of the city;
  9. Supervise the purchase of all materials, supplies, and equipment which are authorized by the City code or by the city council to be purchased.
  10. Sign on behalf of the city contracts authorized by the City Code or approved by the city council;
  11. See that all franchises, permits, and privileges granted by the city are faithfully observed and that all contracts entered into by the city are complied with and enforced;
  12. Perform the duties of city clerk of the city, in addition to the duties of city manager, during any period of time that he/she is appointed by the city council to do so;
  13. Devote entire time to the discharge of (the manager’s) official duties, except with the express prior approval of the city council;
  14. Perform such other duties as may be prescribe by the City Charter, by the City Code, by city ordinances, and by resolution or directives of the city council.


The City Manager will oversee a $28 million operating budget  of which $14.2 million represents the General Fund budget, $9.7 million represents Enterprise Fund budgets, $1.9 million represents the Transportation Fund budget and $1.5 million relates the Community Redevelopment Agency.

The City Manager is responsible for the appointment and when necessary, the removal of all city employees in Administration, Police, Fire, Public Works, Stormwater Management, Finance, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation, Community Redevelopment, Community Development (Planning, Code Enforcement, Permitting, and Inspection), and Utility Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection.  The City Manager oversees each of these departments either directly or through the supervision of department heads. The City Manager will notify the City Council regarding the removal of an employee in order that they may be fully advised of the situation.


The ideal candidate must be an outgoing, confident, mature and experienced professional, possessing honesty and high ethical standards.

The candidate must be someone with initiative and drive who can serve as a staunch advocate for the City of South Daytona. Must lead by example and serve as a role model to staff.

The candidate must be respectful of others and be positive and approachable with a “can-do” attitude seeking solutions, assets and opportunities. The City Manager must be open and accessible to citizens, businesses, staff and the entire City Council.

The candidate must be comfortable working in a small urban community which is part of a larger urban area.  The candidate will need to meet and develop a relationship with individuals and groups quickly in order to learn about issues and concerns. The candidate must be nicotine free.

The candidate must be a thoughtful City Manager who can size up a situation quickly and accurately and then exercise good judgment in decision making.

The candidate must have an inclusive management style, a willingness to delegate to professional staff and the ability to withstand pressures brought on by work load and emotionally charged issues.

The candidate must possess good listening skills and must communicate effectively with the council, public, staff, business community and adjacent municipalities.

The candidate must have strong financial and budget management skills.

The candidate must have experience must have experience in implementing strategies within a community redevelopment area.  

The candidate must be eligible for ICMA and FCCMA membership.  Although not required, the City Council expects the candidate to be an ICMA Credentialed Manager or become an ICMA Credentialed Manager.


The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with a Master's Degree preferred in public administration or business administration or other public related field from an accredited college or university and must have 6 years of progressive, public sector experience. The core of this experience must be at a minimum, 3 years serving as City Manager, County Manager, Assistant City/County Manager or Department Head.  Florida experience is desirable but not a requirement.


The City Charter requires the City Manager is to become a resident of the City within 60 days after taking office.


The expected starting salary for the successful candidate will be within the range of $135,000 to $150,000 annually.  The Members of the City Council are committed to a starting salary that will be market competitive, depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual.  In addition, the City Council expects to provide an excellent fringe benefit package to the successful candidate.  Reasonable relocation expenses will also be negotiable.


Interested and qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume, electronically, no later than 4:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on October 12, 2018.  Send to Trudy O’Dell, Human Resources Director at  For additional information, feel free to contact Trudy O’Dell at 386-322-3069.

Note: FCCMA/ICMA Senior Advisors are assisting the City in the recruitment. You may reach Mr. Ken Parker at

Resumes are subject to the provisions of Florida Records Statutes. The City of South Daytona is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The City of South Daytona does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.