LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER

Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, an ICMA-credentialed manager, is an energetic self-starter with a passion for public service and a proven ability to make government more accessible and transparent to its businesses, residents, and guests. Hannah-Spurlock possesses 23 years of local government experience in full-service communities and 30 years of professional management experience.

Sarah Hannah-Spurlock

PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS

Nighttime Service Provision/Advocacy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Community and Business Relations
Intergovernmental Relations
Strategic Planning

LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE

City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nighttime Economy Manager 1/2018-present

Fort Lauderdale has a population of 185,000. It is a full-service city with 2800 employees and a $850 million budget.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments:

  • Built and developed one of the first nighttime economy programs in the country, including hiring and supervising a team of 10 people from different departments, creating program goals and objectives, building community support, and establishing a higher level of service for the neighbors and businesses in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Oversee the provision of nighttime services for the City by collaborating with all departments, developing relationships with community businesses operating at night, educating businesses and neighbors about public safety at night, collecting and analyzing data regarding nighttime activity and acting as a liaison between the City and the nighttime business community as well as the neighborhoods.
  • Oversee the city’s Beach Business Improvement District
  • Authored and implemented several ordinances that have enabled Fort Lauderdale to be more competitive as a global destination by deregulating and streamlining processes for businesses.
  • Filled a void in service delivery by establishing a hotline for neighbors and businesses to call with concerns about nightlife nuisances.
  • Provide leadership for city-wide Pandemic-Relief efforts such as food and vaccine distribution
  • Review and approve over 100 film production permit applications per year.

City of Key West, FL
Assistant City Manager | 5/2014-7/2016

Key West has a population of 25,500. It is a full-service city with 475 employees and a $156 million budget.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments:

  • Served as acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager.
  • Oversaw Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Planning, Building, Code Compliance, Parking and Grants Administration
  • Responsible for the development of the $156 million annual budget including meeting with departments and presenting the budget to the elected body
  • Successfully negotiated agreements and a memorandum of understanding with all three Collective Bargaining Units
  • Lead effort to integrate EMS service into the city’s Fire Department including establishing a budget, contracting with a medical director and billing agency, negotiating new terms with collective bargaining unit, developing a rate structure, and developing a HIPAA and fee collections policy
  • Oversaw contract with homeless shelter provider and lead effort to build a new homeless shelter in the city
  • Coordinated first pay scale increase in over 15 years, bringing employees’ wages up to market
  • Served as City’s legislative liaison. Developed and lobbied for affordable housing legislation which was signed into law during 2015 legislative session
  • Coordinated City’s pension study
  • Prepared and presented agenda items for City Commission.
  • Coordinated mailed citizen survey with survey firm

City of Sunrise, FL 2009-2012
Assistant City Manager 2+ years
Assistant Utilities Director/Financial Administrator  | 9 months

Sunrise has a population of about 90,000. It is a full-service city with 1,204 employees and a $440 million budget. The City’s Utility department is a regional provider of water and wastewater services to approximately 215,000 customers with a $94 million operating budget.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments as Assistant City Manager:

  • Served as acting City Manager in the absence of the City Manager
  • Conducted Request for Proposals (RFPs) for marketing services, theatre and concession management and telecommunications auditing services
  • Initiated free wireless internet at City facilities
  • Prepared implementation agenda and timeline for Leisure Services Master Plan
  • Prepared summary information for City’s use in communicating legislative priorities and funding requests
  • Coordinated and edited annual accomplishment report for distribution to City Commission and residents
  • Edited Commission agenda items and prepared written status updates of Commission meeting items
  • Participated in the development of the $440 million annual budget.
  • Built and managed City’s new website
  • Developed Citizen Volunteer Corps that partnered over 100 Sunrise residents volunteering over 3,500 hours for City departments.
  • Initiated telecommunications audit resulting in an annual savings to the City of $120,000
  • Coordinated street-light audit, securing approximately $20,000 in credit from FPL Power Company.
  • Provided analyses for potential money-saving initiatives such as contracting out bus and lifeguard services.
  • Conducted research and prepared reports for initiatives such as city-wide sidewalk repair and changes in the magistrate hearing process
  • Part of team that successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with Police and Fire, which reduced potential pension and benefits costs to taxpayers.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments as Assistant Utilities Director:

  • Oversaw administrative responsibilities within Utilities Department including budgeting, personnel issues, contract administration, and procurement
  • Coordinated and participated in community outreach programs at community events and the public schools regarding water conservation and water and wastewater services
  • Prepared and reported monthly data for departmental performance measures
  • Created position manuals for cross-training and succession planning

Town of Palm Beach, FL 2003-2009
Assistant Town Manager  | 4.5 years
Assistant to the Town Manager | 2 years

Palm Beach has a population of about 10,000 (25,000 during season). It is a full-service town with 354 employees and a $153 million budget.

City of Abilene, TX | 1999-2003

Began as the Assistant to the City Manager and was promoted to Airport Contracts and Concessions Manager after 18 months. Abilene has a population of 116,000. It is a full service city with 1,155 employees and a $145 million budget.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Barry University (Pembroke Pines, FL) Summer term | 2013
Adjunct Professor: Concepts and Issues in Public Planning

McMurry University (Abilene, TX) Fall term 2000
Adjunct Public Administration Professor

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation/NeighborWorks (Kansas City, MO) | 1998-1999
Intern

Marvin’s Building Materials and Home centers (Alabama) | 1995-1997
Buyer

Builders Square Home Centers (Florida and Texas) | 1992-1995
Assistant Store Manager Promoted to Assistant Buyer

EDUCATION

Master Public Administration, University of Kansas
Overall GPA: 4.0 (4.0 scale), Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; Class President.

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and German), University of Kansas
Overall GPA: 3.53 (4.0 scale)
Certificate in Corporate Finance, Florida Atlantic University

PUBLICATIONS, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and OFFICES HELD

Co-authored article with Jill Silverboard, “The Path to Developing Women Chief Administrative Officers,” PM Magazine, March 2021.

Co-authored  article with Dr. Robert E. Lee, “Women in Local Government: Research Examines Possible Factors Influencing Ascent to Top Job,” PM Magazine, September 2018.

Co-authored Journal article with Dr. Robert E. Lee, “Bridging Academic and Practitioner Interests on Interlocal Collaboration: Seasoned Managers Share Their Experiences in Florida,” State and Local Government Review, June 2015.

Nightime Economy Culture and Policy (NITECAP) Alliance. Treasurer and Founding Member | 2021-present.

Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA). District IV Director 2008-2009; District V Director | 2011-2012.

International City Management Association (ICMA). ICMA Press Editorial Advisory Board | 2007-2010

Kansas University City Managers and Trainees (KUCIMAT). KUCIMAT Board Member | 2007-2008.

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