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The City of Haines City welcomes Edward Walker Dean as City Manager, effective Oct. 18.
“We’re excited to have Mr. Dean here in Haines City with his proven track record of success in collaboration and economic development,” Mayor Morris West said. “I’m confident that our city will continue to make incredible progress and do great things under his leadership. This is truly an exciting time for our residents, staff and us as elected officials.”
Dean previously spent nearly three years as town manager in Greenville, Fla. and was responsible for infrastructure upgrades, converting the volunteer fire department to a full-time dually-certified agency and oversaw the construction of a municipal complex that included a fresh-food grocery store, senior center and youth recreation center.
Dean, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in African American studies from Ohio State University, comes to Haines City with nearly 20 years of experience working with local, state and federal government officials. He also owned his own consulting firm specializing in economic development, served as director of government affairs at Florida A&M and was an advisor to multiple members of the U.S. Congress, including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Dean is an avid self-help reader and enjoys listening to a wide variety of music in his spare time.
“It’s exciting to be part of a city that has progressed so much in a short period of time and has the potential for much more,” Dean said. “I appreciate the City Commission for having the confidence in me to lead Haines City and I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, commission and residents as we continue to strive for greatness.”