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Date of Issue: January 11, 2007

Phillips tapped for project-program manager post

Bradenton Beach has a new department head who is very familiar with city government.

Former city commissioner and vice mayor Lisa Marie Phillips was unanimously approved for the position of project-program manager last Thursday by city commissioners. She will begin her job "almost immediately," according to Mayor John Chappie, who nominated her to the post.

"I'm really excited," Phillips said. "I love this city."

She was elected to the city commission three years ago, serving in Ward 2. She did not seek re-election last year.

The project-program manager job is described as one in which the manager will "supervise and manage activities of project engineers, contractors and consultants, provide direction during the planning, engineering, design, land acquisition and construction phases of assigned projects to assure a quality project is produced in a timely and cost-effective manner, and work directly with local, state and federal agencies to plan, organize and coordinate the writing of specific grant applications."

"Lisa Marie knows the system," Chappie said. "She knows how to write grants and is familiar with the Waterfronts Florida Program."

She will be paid $45,000 a year. Chappie said that salary was less than the advertised range of $47,000 to $49,000, but due to a lack of some experience in some areas he believed the lower figure was appropriate and could be raised after a 90-day probationary period.

Phillips is a 30-year resident of Bradenton Beach and has three children. She is a 1980 Manatee High School graduate, and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

She replaces Dottie Poindexter, who founded the position several years ago and left last October, citing work stress.

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