Office of the City Manager

City Manager Carisse LeJeune

LeJeune joined the city of Destin as the city manager in 2016. She is the former assistant city manager of Boynton Beach, Fla., and has served the public sector for more than 15 years with experience in policy development and implementation, strategic planning, sustainability and emergency management.

LeJeune is active in many local, regional and statewide organizations and currently represents the City of Destin on the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee of the Florida League of Cities.

Responsibilities & Service

The City Manager's Office is charged to independently run the daily general operations of the city in accordance with local ordinances, laws and policies prescribed by the city council.

The city manager plans and executes the council’s vision, set forth each year during a strategic visioning workshop. This vision can be seen here, which also includes short- and long-term goals and priority projects.

Further, and more specifically, the city manager:

  • Directly manages and supervises the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city government.
  • Monitors performance of all city franchisees, including water/sewer and electric utilities, and contracts including the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, garbage/waste disposal and other governmental agencies that provide services to the citizens of Destin.
  • Directs the city’s Emergency Management Program.
  • Keeps the council apprised of the city’s finances, public affairs, development, infrastructure and all other city-related matters.
  • Hires, trains, disciplines and appropriately rewards city employees in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, the city charter and established personnel policies and procedures.
  • Monitors all reports and recommendations from council-appointed citizen committees and organizes responses by city staff or prepares recommendations to the council, as appropriate.
  • Annually prepares and submits a balanced budget to the city council, including capital projects.
  • Resolves citizen complaints, disputes and problems of service delivery.
  • Works with local media to communicate city policies and programs.
  • Participates in appropriate local community organizations and activities.
  • Promotes a positive image of the city government throughout the community.