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City Council approves new City Manager contract

Post Date:01/10/2020 11:00 AM

  Tony O'Rourke

The Panama City Beach City Council approved an employment agreement Thursday night with Tony O’Rourke of Canon City, Colorado, who will serve as the City's new City Manager. He starts his job on Wednesday, January 15.  

Mr. O’Rourke has vast management experience in larger cities and has worked in tourism markets in Florida, Colorado and California. He was most recently the City Administrator of Canon City, Colorado (population 16,539) for three years. Prior to that, he was the City Manager for Yakima, Washington (population 93,476) for four years, the City Manager for South Lake Tahoe, California (population 21,307) for two years, and the Executive Director of Beaver Creek Resort, a world-class year-round alpine resort, for 14 years. He also served as the Assistant City Manager for Tallahassee, Florida (population 134,366) for one year and he worked for Coral Springs, Florida (population 99,914) for six years, with three of them as the City Manager.

Mr. O’Rourke describes his management style as proactive, collaborative, strategic, employee and customer focused, and results oriented.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

“I am very excited to be Panama City Beach’s next City Manager,” Mr. O’Rourke said. “I look forward to working with the employees, the City Council and the Panama City Beach community to build upon its current successes and meet the needs and expectations of the community.”

“My wife Suzy, golden retriever Murphy, and I can’t wait to enjoy Panama City Beach’s lifestyle, beaches, and outdoor activities and we look forward to developing new relations with the City Council, staff and community.” 

Mr. O’Rourke was selected in a national search, and was the top pick among five finalists interviewed in mid-December. Holly White, assistant to the City Manager for Finance, has been serving as interim City Manager since early December. Mario Gisbert is serving as assistant to the City Manager in Panama City Beach and is the acting City Administrator for Mexico Beach. His retirement date from PCB is March 18.

We welcome Mr. O’Rourke as our third City Manager!

Click here for the terms of his employment: City Manager contract

 Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at or (850) 233-5100, Ext. 2261.


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