Posted: 4:34 pm Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
By Eliot Kleinberg
At his last city commission meeting, West Palm Beach city administrator Ed Mitchell was honored by the people he led.
Dozens of city employees stood and applauded Mitchell at Tuesday’s meeting.
He’s leaving after 20 years at the city, the last 14 as city administrator, to enter the private sector in the Tampa Bay area. His last day is Wednesday.
Deputy administrator Dorritt Miller will be acting administrator while the city conducts a search.
Muoio has said she wants to find a replacement soon. She “has some individuals in mind,” city spokesman Elliot Cohen said last Thursday. He would not say if they include in-house staff.
On Tuesday night, Muoio gave Mitchell a key to the city; “to say he’s an integral part of our city would not be saying enough,” the mayor said.
Ike Robinson, a commissioner since 1999, told Mitchell that, in those years, “I”ve gotten older; you’ve gotten wiser.”
An emotional Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell — no relation — listed among Ed Mitchell’s accomplishments: “great father” and “great husband.” He’s been a single father to two teenagers since his wife Cynthia died of cancer in 2004.
As Mitchell prepared to thank everyone, commissioner Keith James joked, “Sir, your name please,” invoking a requirement of speakers at meetings.
“We’ve had a lot of laughs together and a few tears on the way. It’s a great place to work.” Mitchell said. “I just had a great team around me of elected leaders and a great team of staff.”
He added, “From the bottom of my heart, thank all of you.”