Suwannee Democrat


June 26, 2014

White Springs selects new town manager

Jasper — The town of White Springs announced that William R. Lawrence accepted the position of town manager on Friday, June 20, with a beginning salary of $48,000, plus benefits. The announcement comes at the conclusion of a four-month search process that included two separate job postings and interview sessions.

Lawrence will be relocating from Lincoln, ME, where he served as town manager, personnel director and economic development director. His first day on the job will be on or about July 21.

“The town council was impressed with Lawrence's management experience, communication skills, understanding of team dynamics, and his sincere appreciation of the hardships experienced by seniors on a fixed income who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising costs for basic necessities,” said Mayor Helen Miller. “Many communities in Maine and the surrounding northern states are experiencing economic dislocations due to the movement offshore of traditional industries,” she added.

Miller said Lawrence’s experience, as well as his efforts in implementing new economic strategies in Lincoln will be welcomed in White Springs. 

“The community will soon begin the process of implementing its own asset-based strategic economic development strategy based on its efforts as part of the Competitive Florida Partnership pilot program,” Miller said. “The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the town of White Springs are in the process of planning a "next steps" meeting for early August.”

Lawrence said he was drawn to White Springs because of its historic charm and natural resources, as well as the town’s efforts to revitalize the local economy for the benefit of all residents, young and old.

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