Century To Hire City Manager, Names Buz Eddy As Interim

September 10, 2019

The Century Town Council Monday night voted to a hire a town manager to run daily operations, but just how far reaching the person’s authority will be remains to be seen. The council also voted to name Buz Eddy as interim town manager until a permanent hire is made.

“I think it is absolutely necessary that y’all do this,” Eddy told the council. “I think the number of things I’ve had an opportunity to work on would just be the tip of the iceberg for someone that would actually apply for and be appointed to this position.”

Eddy told NorthEscambia.com that he does not plan to apply for the job.

He said the new city manager should be able to understand “issues very close to the operation of the town, will get to understand city facilities, city finances, making plans for the future.” He said he believes a qualified candidate would be familiar with the issues raised during a grand jury investigation earlier this year, as well as a consultant’s report on town shortcomings.

The mayor and council will decide exactly what duties the city manager will have, a job description will be created, and the position will be advertised. The resolution adopted Monday night directs town staff to prepare the official job description and begin the search.

According to the ordinance, the town’s charter allows the council to create or establish departments as deemed necessary and the mayor to hire employees with the council’s approval.

Eddy’s new title of interim city manager will be the same independent contractor basis that he he’s worked under since July 29. In August, the council authorized up to $5,000 to pay him at $35 an hour for his services.

Eddy is former city manager of Gulf Breeze from 1992-2017.

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21 Responses to “Century To Hire City Manager, Names Buz Eddy As Interim”

  1. Tom on September 11th, 2019 6:23 am

    Hire another to do the job of the already employed? Shouldn’t he take the place of the one that is failing instead of just adding to the bill that is already there?

  2. Gman on September 11th, 2019 6:14 am

    Here is the problem “The mayor and council will decide exactly what duties the city manager will have”. The mayor and council cant figure their own role.

  3. Bob on September 10th, 2019 11:07 pm

    Let the corruption begin!!!

  4. Well on September 10th, 2019 9:10 pm

    This could be a step in the right direction.
    As long as the candidate does not currently work for the city.

  5. M in Bratt on September 10th, 2019 8:56 pm

    Let’s see, I guess Eddy would “think it’s absolutely necessary that y’all do this” , especially since they are going to pay him $35 per hour to do it. What “it” is is the question. He has no job description, no authority, no duties. The charter still has the Mayor as the administrative head of all employees, which would also include contract employees. I think that it amounts to just adding another layer of smoke into the mix to cloud up what is really going on.

  6. A.Wilton Thompson on September 10th, 2019 8:01 pm

    I never stopped getting a gas and water bill.It should be made public everyone that continues to steal gas and water.

  7. Shilling's Ghost on September 10th, 2019 7:38 pm

    While understanding the post, who else but the duly elected representatives of the Town of Century to set the scope of work?

  8. chris on September 10th, 2019 2:58 pm

    “The mayor and council will decide exactly what duties the city manager will have,” that’s defined as a shill, or a puppet.

  9. citizen on September 10th, 2019 1:14 pm

    good news

  10. chris on September 10th, 2019 1:02 pm

    So, you have a mayor, and a council, who cannot seem to get anything positive accomplished. Yet a broke town has to hire a manger? What a laughingstock.

  11. Edwin Reynolds on September 10th, 2019 11:04 am

    It’s a nothing job no power to do anything that’s the mayor job fine where 3 million in general fund when and 1.5 million in gas fund when 25 different checking accounts what going on with that wake up everyone raises taxes to cover that its serious whem

  12. JW on September 10th, 2019 9:23 am

    To those who apply (volunteer as tribute)…may the odds be ever in your favor.

  13. retired on September 10th, 2019 9:11 am

    Wonder which good ole boy is in line for this job?
    town manager = puppet

  14. David on September 10th, 2019 8:34 am

    So..the town is dog broke…but you told the man you would give him an iou for 5k buck’s for his services….amazing…but the perk is…he can get free gas in trade

  15. Truth Hurts on September 10th, 2019 8:25 am

    The ball is in your court sir. It’s time to make a difference in this town.

  16. uncle M on September 10th, 2019 8:18 am


  17. waterman on September 10th, 2019 8:17 am

    I think Century may be starting to see the light. They needed to do this a long time ago.

  18. Preston Hardy on September 10th, 2019 8:10 am

    If the new town manager is given no authority, he will be unable to address Century’s problems, but he will give the elected officials someone to blame for their own incompetence and malfeasance.

  19. sam on September 10th, 2019 7:47 am

    lol, we can’t afford to pay ANYONE. oh, that’s right we’re gonna tax the people. that seems hard to do when only a few pay their utility bills.

  20. SP on September 10th, 2019 6:27 am

    Its obvious that changes need to be made. Hiring someone to take care of the day to day operations is great. But, it will not make one bit of difference who they hire or what the job description is, if the council and mayor do not give this person the authority to take corrective action (if every change has to be brought to the mayor and council for approval which I suspect will be the case) then the new position will be just another waste of money.

  21. Oversight on September 10th, 2019 6:26 am

    Good ol Buzz, still feeding at the public trough and Century is will to oblige.

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