Lee Feldman, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1984, was named the city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week. Lee, who was selected from a competitive field of 90 candidates, will oversee 2,500 employees and a $600 million budget.
Based on his track record, Lee is up to the challenge. He goes to Fort Lauderdale after a nine-year tenure as city manager of Palm Bay, Fla. Prior to that he was city manager of North Miami Beach.
In Palm Bay, Lee was credited with building the county’s first municipal charter school, helping to reduce city taxes to their lowest rate in eight years, and overseeing annexations that expanded the city’s borders from 66 to about 72 square miles. In a story in Florida Today announcing the appointment, Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti said that “losing [Lee} is a big blow to the city.”
A public policy major at W&L, Lee was named city manager of the year in 2006 by the Florida League of Cities.