Mexico Beach city council talks Parker house, city clerk

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

The council will speak with a structural engineer before proceeding further with the project.

The house holds significance for the community and was named after Charlie Parker who founded Mexico Beach in 1949. Parker was also the preacher at the city’s first church and became the first mayor of Mexico Beach.

The council also discussed the still-vacant city clerk position.

Applications had been accepted since the resignation of Sharon McGhee last month. The council had landed on five candidates that they were interested in bringing in for interviews.

While some candidates located in surrounding areas, others were as far away as Palm Coast, Chicago and even Minnesota.

The council immediately ran into roadblocks scheduling face-to-face interviews due to current job responsibilities of the candidates or the prohibitive costs of airfare with less than a week’s notice.

Councilman Jack Mullen made a motion to conduct phone interviews with strong candidates who were unable to travel to Mexico Beach, and then meet face-to-face with any candidates who showed potential.

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