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Mercer GroupMercer GroupContact: W.D. Higginbotham Jr.
Mr. Higginbotham’s distinguished public sector career of over 30 years has included serving as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of cities in Florida and California. He served as City Manager of Gainesville, Florida, Melbourne Beach, Florida, Surfside, Florida, and Madeira Beach, Florida ranging in population from 3,100 to 123,100 and CFO in Bakersfield, California with a population of 352,400. Mr. Higginbotham also served eight years as the Director of Economic Development for the eleven (11) county, 7,000 square mile area of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council. After being recruited by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on behalf of the Department of Defense, his service to Florida cities was briefly interrupted in late 2007 and early 2008 when he served in Baghdad, Iraq as a member of the United States Provincial Reconstruction Team. He is an active member of ICMA and the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) and has been recognized by both organizations for over 25 years in the local government management profession.
Mr. Higginbotham’s particular areas of expertise are executive search, organizational development and economic development. In addition to graduating from Tulane University where he earned his Certificate in Accounting, he has completed and instructed training programs at the Emergency Management Institute (FEMA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland in Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Resistant Jobs Training, TRAIN-THE-TRAINER.
The Mercer Group, Inc. is an independent management consulting firm incorporated in the State of Georgia and operating nationwide.
The firm was founded by James L. Mercer, a management consultant of more than 30 years in the public and private sectors and a former Assistant City Manager. He has written and co-authored seven books and more than three hundred articles on various phases of public management.
The Mercer Group is recognized as one of the finest management consulting and executive search firms in the United States, concentrating on work for local governments and special districts. The firm currently has 21 offices spread geographically across the United States and a staff of 31 highly trained professionals to serve its clients. Specialty practice areas include organization and management studies, compensation and classification plans, executive search, strategic planning and a number of related areas.