In the oversight of day-to-day operations of Town government and through the implementation of Town policy, the Office of the Town Manager strives to manage the effective, efficient, and sustainable delivery of services to the residents of South Palm Beach and remains committed to the dissemination of public information in a transparent, accessible, and accurate manner. The Office of the Town Manager continuously evaluates functions of government and public services to maintain South Palm Beach as a community that provides a high quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
Hired by the Town Council, the Town Manager serves as the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer overseeing all of the operations and functions performed by staff. The Town Manager’s Office provides high-quality, executive-level leadership for the community by efficiently planning and directing Town services. These services are provided to implement the policies, rules, and regulations as adopted and directed by the Town Council. The Town Manager remains accessible and accountable to the community as a whole by maintaining open communications with all of the residents of South Palm Beach.
Additionally, the Town Manager’s Office takes direct responsibility for achieving the Town’s economic development objectives, ensuring disaster preparedness, and managing the programs and services provided in the Town.
With 36 years of experience in government at the local, federal and international levels, Bob Vitas has dedicated his professional career to public service. He spent over 26 years in city, village and town governments in Illinois, Wisconsin, Maine, and Florida as a City Manager, and has 10 years of private sector experience as a local government management consultant on US government democracy and governance sustainability projects in Europe and Africa, and FEMA disaster recovery projects located in Louisiana. Bob has provided hands on professional management and consulting services for more than 100 U.S. and foreign government entities, ranging in size from communities of 5,000 to capital cities of over 1.7M.
Results orientated, Mr. Vitas is an expert at getting the job done on time and within budget. He is a high-energy entrepreneurial professional skilled in strategic management and business planning methodologies and fully capable of linking plans, budgets, programs and projects to achieve quantifiable results. His multi-disciplinary experience includes successfully managing rural, urban, rapid growth, economic recovering, post conflict, post disaster, and tourist based communities.
His areas of expertise and specialized knowledge through the years have included:
· Strategic Management Planning
· Organizational Analysis
· Monitoring and Evaluation Plans
· Economic/Community Development
· Industrial Development
· Tax Increment Financing
· Tourism Development and Management
· Human Resources Management
· Labor Management Relations
· Collective Bargaining
· Contract, Program and Project Management
· Democracy and Governance Programs
· Disaster Management and Technical Assistance
· Financial Management
· Public Procurement
· Debt Management
· Customer and Client Relations
· Intergovernmental Relations
· Anti-Corruption Programs
· Federal Proposal Development
Mr. Vitas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science majoring in International Relations and Public Law, and his Master’s degree in Public Administration concentrating on Urban Management and Development, both earned at Northern Illinois University. He is a long standing member of the International City and County Management Association for over thirty years, and served on several voluntary committees. He is a current member of the Florida City and County Management Association and past member of the Illinois, Wisconsin and Maine City and County Management Associations. He is former member of the Northern Illinois University MPA Board of Directors.