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Daytona Beach’s longtime City Manager James Chisholm announced his plans to retire in the spring of 2021. Chisholm, who is the longest tenured manager in the city’s history, was appointed August 2004 to the position. His last day of employment will be in March 2021.
As city manager, Chisholm leads the day-to-day operations, and oversees a $386 million budget and about 930 employees who serve a community of nearly 65,000 residents across 65 square miles.
“It’s been a privilege to work with many dedicated city commissioners, staff members, supporters and stakeholders during the past 16 years. My time in Daytona Beach has been personally rewarding because we’ve been able to accomplish so much. When I was hired, we rolled up our sleeves and immediately addressed serious, divisive community and financial issues including racial tensions, high crime rates, budget deficiencies and aging infrastructure. Today, Daytona Beach is in a very strong and positive position,” said Chisholm.
“I am proud of the significant improvements made throughout our entire community. We’ve been able to initiate and complete transformative projects, which will shape the future of this great city for generations. I will always love Daytona Beach.”
During his tenure, Chisholm spearheaded important transformative projects and initiatives including:
Chisholm indicated his willingness to assist the City Commission in selecting his successor.
In his retirement, Chisholm looks forward to spending more time with his wife Tina, his daughter, Rebecca, and their two dogs, Abigail and Buddy. He plans to spend more time enjoying and pursuing his hobbies including golfing, fishing and traveling.