New Town Manager Selected
After an extensive search, Maria D. Lasday has been selected as the new town manager of Bay Harbor Islands.
Following an open discussion among town council members about their thoughts on the three finalists, Lasday was chosen to serve by a majority vote.
Lasday will come to Bay Harbor Islands from Bannoncock, IL, where she has worked as village manager since 2008. Before that, she was a city administrator in Highwood, IL and received a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Even thought she works in Illinois, Lasday said she is a resident of Florida. She has a house in Bonita Springs, FL where she spends some weekends and holidays.
Lasday comes to Bay Harbor Islands with a long resume of accomplishments during her time in municipal services in Illinois. Some highlights during her career in municipality including serving as village spokesperson, overseeing the upgrade of all the roads in the village of Bannoncock, obtaining $11,000,000 in grants during her tenure, and implementing social media marketing for her village.
As a manager of a town with less than 10,000 people, Lasday said in her cover letter that she knows how to communicate with small communities like Bay Harbor Islands. She said that she understands that small communities like this require “superior customer service.” As town manager, she plans to be very involved in the community as well as other government entities.