Lindsay welcomes Daymon Qualls as new city manager

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Lindsay City Council appoints former Exeter Public Works Director Daymon Qualls as next city manager; Qualls to take over position starting July 8

LINDSAY – Daymon Qualls, Exeter’s now former public works director, is picking up the torch as Lindsay’s city manager now that he’s officially been appointed by Lindsay City Council, bringing over 18 years of public service experience to the town.

Qualls’ contract for the city manager position was approved by the council on June 25. According to the Human Resources director Vanessa Duran, Qualls will start his new position on July 8.

“He has a little bit of experience in a lot of our departments, so the city felt like he would be a good fit for us,” Duran said.

Qualls is coming into Lindsay with more than 18 years of experience gathered through his time working for the City of Exeter. During his time with Exeter, he was the assistant director of public works for approximately five years before being promoted to public works director, where he has remained since 2010.

Duran explained that Qualls’ knowledge in multiple departments gives him first hand insight into all of the various departments he oversees.

According to staff reports, Qualls has over 27 years of experience as a former firefighter, coupled with a role as a sworn law enforcement officer and, after that fact, he has remained a reserve police officer. And public safety is not the only department Qualls is experienced in. He’s also bringing in more than seven years of experience as a human resources manager.

“Daymon was here for almost 20 years,” Exeter City Manager Adam Ennis said. “Damon really loves Exeter and has always wanted to try to do the best thing for Exeter, so that’s something that will be missed.”

To recognize all of Qualls’ years with the City of Exeter, Ennis said the Exeter City Council presented him with a resolution of commendation at the city council meeting on June 25.

“We always hate to see people go, but we understand they have got to do what they need to do for their careers and of course,” Ennis said. “We wish him the best.”

Ennis also noted that Exeter will soon start the recruitment process to find a new public works director now that Qualls is joining the city of Lindsay.

“Given his breadth of experience, staff believe Mr. Qualls will be a good fit for the Lindsay community and will work well with city staff and the city council,” the June 25 Lindsay staff report on Qualls hiring states.

Lindsay’s recruitment efforts for a permanent city manager began in late March 2024, and professional interviews conducted by other local city managers were held in May 2024. The council interviewed and selected the final candidate, Daymon Qualls, in June to move forward with an offer.

The search for Lindsay’s new city manager traces back to December 2023, when the city announced that former City Manager Joseph Tanner was placed on administrative leave following a special city council meeting on Dec. 6. In his absence, the council appointed the city’s recreation director, Armando da Silva, as interim city manager.

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