Coral Springs Commission Selects New City Manager
On Wednesday, November 6, the City of Coral Springs Commission voted and approved the selection of Assistant City Manager/Fire Chief Frank Babinec to serve as the new Coral Springs City Manager. The City Attorney will negotiate an employee contract agreement for Babinec, which will be presented during their November 13 Commission meeting.
The appointment of Babinec to the City’s top executive post comes after current City Manager Michael Goodrum announced he will return to Sugar Land, Texas, where he accepted the position of City Manager.
The decision to select Coral Springs’ new City Manager from within the current management team was agreed upon when Goodrum announced his departure on October 30. Of Babinec’s selection, Mayor Brook who phoned in to participate in the Commission meeting said, “Since returning as our City’s Mayor, I have been impressed by the steadfast leadership Frank has shown as Assistant City Manager and leader of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, we are fortunate to have him accept the position.”
Babinec will officially assume the position as City Manager when Goodrum returns to Sugar Land in January 2020. Goodrum is confident in the Commission’s decision, saying, “Frank is a proven leader who has served as an Assistant City Manager for the last two years. Other cities have expressed an interest in recruiting Frank to lead their communities. It only makes sense for him to accept that role in the community where he has dedicated his career.” He continued, “This is a great decision by our City Commission and a benefit for the residents and employees, who have already experienced Frank’s leadership.”
Babinec has served as the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department Fire Chief since 2014. A native Floridian and resident of Coral Springs since 1991, Babinec first began serving with the department as a volunteer in 1993. He was hired full-time in 2000. Babinec earned his BA in Organizational Leadership and an MBA in Public Administration. A proven leader, Babinec was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association in 2017 and selected as the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Chief of the Year in 2018. As a founding department of the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative, Chair of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Safety and Health Section, and President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, Chief Babinec has demonstrated his leadership abilities throughout the fire service. In addition to contributing to local, regional, and state fire service initiatives, Chief Babinec has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on Safety and Health topics, as well as Incident response. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association.
City Commissioner Larry Vignola echoed Goodrum’s confidence in Babinec, saying, “While his extensive career history is commendable, it is his leadership, integrity and commitment to the health and well-being of the men and women of the fire service, and the community as a whole, that sets him apart. Frank leads by example and that is the kind of management we expect in Coral Springs.”
Babinec will announce his selection of an interim Fire Chief at a later date.