Surfside hires new town manager from Satellite Beach

The Surfside Town Commission unanimously approved Michael P. Crotty as the seaside town’s next manager. He will succeed Roger Carlton, who is retiring after two and a half years of service.

Crotty was selected after the town received more than 800 applications for the position.

The list was eventually whittled down to a top three: John Mark Taxis, a former assistant manager for the city of Doral; Michael P. Crotty; and Steven Alexander, interim manager for the city of South Miami. But Taxis, who was the top-ranked candidate, bowed out just days before Surfside commissioners were to decide on a proposed employment agreement for him.

Crotty, the No. 2 choice, then learned from Mayor Daniel Dietch that he had been chosen.

Crotty will receive an initial annual salary of $155,000.

For 27 years, Crotty served as the city manager of Satellite Beach, a seaside community in Brevard County, before retiring in July 2012. Before that, he also was a city manager in Warren, Penn., in the early 1980s. He has a master’s of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Some of Crotty’s accomplishments during his long tenure as Satellite Beach’s manager include helping to rid the city of major drainage problems; development of a 35-acre sports and recreation park that includes a municipal dog park and a skate park; and the development of a 25,000-square-foot community center.

Crotty and his wife, Chris, now live in Surfside.

“He rose to the top from 806 applicants,” said Town Manager Roger Carlton. “He was a town manager for a total 35 years. We have spent a lot of time together in the transition. I wish him great success.”

In July 2012, city officials in Satellite Beach unanimously voted to name an oceanside park to honor Crotty for his long service and dedication as city manager. Michael P. Crotty Park was an undeveloped, city-owned site. Crotty had served the city since 1985.

Crotty began as town manager designee in Surfside on March 27. He becomes town manager when Carlton retires on April 26.

A farewell party for Carlton and a welcome party for Crotty will be held at 5 p.m. on April 26 at Flanigan’s, 9516 Harding Ave.

A meet-and-greet reception for Crotty will be held on April 26 at town hall, 9293 Harding Ave.