By Jane Smith
    After listening for nearly an hour to pitches by three executive search firms, Boynton Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency board members decided to give their interim director six more months to prove he can do the executive director’s job.
    “Mike Simon has been running the show for two months and shown he can handle it,” said City Commissioner/CRA board member Justin Katz. “It’s only fair we give him a shot at it.”
    In that time, the CRA has hosted signature events the Pirate Fest and Holiday Parade and teamed with the city of Delray Beach to host the Holiday Boat Parade.  
    In six months, the CRA will evaluate Simon’s work, board members agreed at their December meeting. If not, they will select a search firm to find an executive director.
    Simon took over Oct. 1 for Vivian Brooks, whose contract was not renewed by the board. Her salary was $130,961, plus a $3,000 car allowance. Simon’s salary is $125,000, plus a $250 monthly car allowance.
    Simon started with the agency in 2007 as development manager and was promoted in 2014 to assistant director. He has 20 years of private, municipal and CRA redevelopment experience.
    His background includes positions as the program specialist/administrator and community development division coordinator for Delray Beach and development manager at the Delray Beach CRA.

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