PALM COAST, Fla. — Flagler County's most populous city is getting close to picking a new top administrator.

  • Palm Coast City Council meeting March 12 to decide on city manager
  • 4 finalists will be interviewed, including assistant city manager
  • Mayor holding 1-on-1 interviews with candidates this Thursday

The Palm Coast City Council has narrowed its field of city manager candidates to four hopefuls.

The council could pick a manager during a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12.

A reception for the public to meet the candidates will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Community Wing at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave.

The four finalists are:

  • Beau Falgout, the city of Palm Coast's assistant city manager who is currently serving as interim city manager;
  • Robin Hayes, city manager of Mount Dora in Lake County;
  • Donald Kewley, city of Ashland (Oregon) Fiber Network Operations manager;
  • Matthew Morton, former city administrator of Duvall, Washington.

City Council members may conduct private, one-on-one interviews with the candidates Thursday. Those are not required to be open to the public.

However, Mayor Milissa Holland will open her one-on-one interviews to any member of the public who wants to observe.

The one-on-one interviews will be in City Hall, in the Pine Lakes Conference Room on the second floor, starting at 8 a.m.

The City Council will interview candidates during a special public meeting starting at 9 a.m. Friday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Palm Coast is the largest city in Flagler County by population, with 86,000 residents in 2017. That's up from 75,000 residents in 2000.