CORAL SPRINGS, FL – He’s the right choice for the right time.

That’s how Coral Springs city commissioners characterized City Manager Frank Babinec when they unanimously approved this week his annual review and gave him a salary and benefits “consistent with the city attorney.”

Promoted in December after a five-year stint as the city’s fire chief, Babinec provided the commission with a 10-page report listing dozens and dozens of city staff accomplishments under his tenure.

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Chief among them has been leading the city through Covid-19 pandemic.

Commissioners gave Babinec a glowing review, saying he unifies staff and elected officials in addressing pressing city issues and moving forward an agenda and plans approved by commissions past and present.

In a measure of Babinec’s leadership, there has been relatively little opposition among commissioners as they voted on major contracts, projects, and ordinances.

During the pandemic, “where a lot of organizations have been struggling and floundering, City of Coral Springs has been thriving,” Commissioner Larry Vignola said. “My opinion why is that we have a leader amongst leaders.”

It wasn’t made clear what Babinec’s new salary and benefits will be. His current salary and benefits were not immediately available for review.

Babinec, who joined the city as a volunteer firefighter in 1993 and while fire chief was named Florida Fire Chiefs Association’s Fire Chief of the Year for Florida in 2017, said he credits his staff and family for his successes.

Mayor Scott Brook told Babinec during the review: “You’ve handled everything with class, with professionalism and also a big heart. I’m all about heart and results.”

 

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