Deric C. Feacher, City Manager
Deric C. Feacher has over 15 years of government and consultant services in the State of Florida. Deric has served as a Director of Community Relations at a University, Executive Director of a Housing Authority and numerous roles in municipal government starting as a Recreation Supervisor and serving as a Department Director in numerous sectors of municipal government. Most recently, Deric served as City Manager for the City of Winter Haven where the local government experienced major growth and progressive development for the residents of the community during his tenure.
Deric is actively engaged in the community serving as the Board Chair for the United Way of Central Florida, active member of Winter Haven Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, former Board Member of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Polk State Corporate College Advisory Board, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA), the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), and many more.
Deric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Deric is extremely excited about the opportunity he has been afforded to be part of the heartbeat of Haines City, Florida.
The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the municipal entity. The City Manager’s duties and responsibilities consist of running the day-to-day operations of the municipality. This particular position is similar to that of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the private sector. As opposed to reporting to the Board of Directors, the City Manager reports to the elected body.
The City of Haines City operates under a commission-manager form of government, whereby the City Commission sets the policies and the City Manager is responsible for the execution of those policies. The City Manager is one of three Charter Officials. The City Charter is local law that outlines the authority, responsibilities, and duties of the City Manager and the two other Charter Officials; the City Clerk, and the City Attorney. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Commission; this is an appointed position and/or can be retained or removed by a majority vote of the City Commission.
The City Manager is responsible for the administration and management of the budget, as well as all internal personnel matters to include, but not limited to, the hiring and/or removal of all city personnel as governed by the City’s Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and the City Charter. The City Manager is responsible for assisting with developing and establishing communities goals and objectives in working with the elected officials and other stakeholders in the community to ensure that the community’s best interest are always considered in the decision-making process. The City Manager also acts as a legislative liaison to other municipalities as well as other Local, State, and Federal Agencies.
The City Manager is a politically neutral position in order to maintain a community first perspective regardless of political affiliation. It is also the duty and responsibility of the City Manager to be an advocate and a strong proponent for philanthropic and social services that provide an added benefit to the residents of Haines City. This includes, but is not limited to, the attendance at public functions and activities. The City Manager’s Office is a community resource for all individuals who reside and conduct business within the City of Haines City’s municipal boundaries.
By having a professional City Manager, the City has someone that brings passion and commitment to maintaining the public trust, achieving equity and social justice, affirming human dignity, and improving the quality of life for all residents.
Primary City Administration Activities Include:
- Efficiently govern and administer the day-to-day operation of the City of Haines City.
- Recommend and implement the policies as adopted by the City Commission through Ordinances and/or Resolutions.
- Implement policies and procedures in the context of a shared Citywide vision through various administrative and operating departments.
- Maintain open, unfettered, and timely communication between City Administration and the City Commission.
- Provide budget recommendations to the City Commission on an annual basis.
- Serve as the primary steward of the City’s Financial Resources.
- Administer and uphold the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.
- Serve as the liaison on issues of Citywide and Countywide significance.
- Maintain active participation in local, regional, and state professional associations and groups within budgetary constraints to network and share innovative ideas on effective public management concepts.
- Assist the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council in business recruitment and retention.
- Foster a welcoming environment to attract local businesses, developers, and investors in order to bring commerce to Haines City.
- Continue to promote a friendly, helpful, and courteous interaction between the City and its citizens and other customers.
- Work with the City Commission, Staff, and neighboring communities to identify opportunities for feasible, efficient, and cost effective collaboration and consolidation of municipal services.
Deric C. Feacher,
620 E. Main Street
Haines City, FL 33844
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm