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Barron named assistant city manager

By Staff | Jan 24, 2019

Cape Coral’s city manager has named the city’s public affairs manager to the administration’s No. 2 spot.

City Manager John Szerlag on Wednesday named Connie Barron assistant city manager, a position she has held on an interim basis since August.

Barron replaces former assistant city manager Michael Ilczyszyn, who was reassigned to Public Works in June.

“I am honored to be selected as the Assistant City Manager for Cape Coral. We have many exciting projects on our plates, and I look forward to working with our City Council, City staff and the community to keep Cape Coral moving in a positive direction,” Barron said Thursday.

“Connie will assist greatly in moving the organization forward,” Szerlag said in the press release announcing the promotion. “She is a problem-solver and operates at the speed of now. I’m confident her performance will be stellar in the capacity of Assistant City Manager.”

According to an email to Council, Barron’s responsibilities will include supervision of Human Resources, Information Technology, the Clerk’s Office and Public Affairs.

A job description for the post states the position pays between $113,526 and $187,324 annually.

Barron’s salary as public affairs manager was $109,928. As per the city’s personnel ordinance, she received 10 percent more while serving as interim assistant city manager. Her starting salary in her new position is $142,001.60.

Barron, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University, has served as public affairs manager in Cape Coral for more than 20 years, establishing the city’s CapeTV government access channel in 1999.

Before coming to Cape Coral, she worked in the public information field with the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, the release states.

The assistant city manager position, which was posted publicly but open to internal candidates only, drew two in-house applications, Barron’s and one from City Financial Services Director Victoria L. Bateman, CPA, CGFM.

Requests made Wednesday for the job posting and advertisements of the position, if any, as well as any applications submitted remained “in progress” at press time Thursday.

Szerlag did not respond to requests for additional comment.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated and edited to include salary and other information provided by the city Friday morning.