Two Top City Officials Hired
HR & TPD Positions Filled
December 03, 2013
Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson today announced the hiring of two individuals to fill key positions within the City of Tallahassee – Human Resources Manager and Chief of Police.
"We have a history of hiring experienced, outstanding, ethical leaders with a focus on service," said Favors Thompson. "These new leaders continue that tradition, and I am confident they will help us in our ongoing mission to be the best local government in the nation."
Ellen Blair is the City's new Human Resources Manager. Blair has more than 20 years of management experience in Human Resources, most recently serving as Chief of Talent Management for the City of Jacksonville. Her work history includes labor relations, staff recruitment, benefit administration, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, employee training and personnel policy development to ensure compliance with federal and state statues, among other duties and accomplishments.
Blair earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration, both in Human Resources, from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. She also maintains several certifications in the field of Human Resources. She assumes her position with the City of Tallahassee on December 9.
The Human Resources Department for the City of Tallahassee provides services that support City operations and address the workplace needs of approximately 2,800 employees. Blair will manage a $3 million budget and direct 29 employees.
Michael DeLeo is the new Chief of Police for the Tallahassee Police Department. DeLeo has worked in law enforcement for 19 years with the Plantation Police Department in Plantation, Fla. He currently serves as Deputy Chief, second in command for the department, in charge of day-to-day operations of a department with 325 employees and a $36 million budget. He worked his way up the ranks from patrol officer and has demonstrated a commitment to professionalism through graduation from the FBI National Academy, obtaining a law degree and helping lead a progressive police department. He has a strong family history of law enforcement service, with his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and siblings involved in public safety.
DeLeo earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Public Management from St. Thomas University and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 2005 at Broward College facilitating classes for both general college and Police Academy students.
DeLeo will direct a staff of 423 employees and maintain responsibility for a budget of $48 million. His first day as Tallahassee's Police Chief will be Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
"I'd like to personally thank the citizens who have been involved in our hiring processes for these critical positions," said Favors Thompson. "Their thoughtful feedback was an important part of my decision making process, and I believe Chief DeLeo and Ms. Blair will quickly demonstrate their commitment and expertise in serving our community."
An announcement on the director of the Consolidated Dispatch Agency (a position reporting to the City Manager, County Administrator and Sheriff) and an announcement on the new Tallahassee Fire Chief are anticipated to take place in the next week.
Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200