Shawn Boyle: New City Manager of Winter Springs
Shawn Boyle is a hands-on type of leader – literally. While finance is his forte, Shawn is also a skilled contractor and uses that knowledge to get out of the office and work side-by-side with city employees.
“I like pulling things together in the field,” says Shawn, who became the new city manager of Winter Springs when his predecessor, Kevin Smith, took the same role in Lake Mary. “It is important that employees see that I wouldn’t ask them to do anything I wouldn’t do.”
The results of the team’s handiwork are evident throughout the city’s public spaces, from the log-structured Pamela A. Carroll Memorial Pavilion in Trotwood Park to the performance stage in Central Winds Park, the latter of which saved the city an estimated $150,000 by not outsourcing the project.
Shawn took over as city manager in April following nine years as the city’s finance and administrative services director. Prior to moving to Winter Springs in 2010, he worked in the private sector, including a stint as CFO of a spirits and wine company in Kentucky.
“We used to come to this area for vacation and thought it would be a great place to live,” Shawn says. “Winter Springs is a nice, quaint community, and we are trying to keep it that way with intelligent growth versus mass growth.”
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Shawn grew up outside Baltimore. The son of a Naval Lieutenant Commander, he hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps, but when he attempted to enlist during the Gulf War, he was diagnosed with a hearing deficiency.
“I was on a path to the military,” Shawn recalls. “My primary ambition was to be a naval pilot.”
Instead, Shawn earned an undergraduate degree and a master’s in economics and finance from Murray State University in Kentucky. That’s where he met his wife, Tina. Call it fate or simple coincidence: Tina is an audiologist who works with the Veterans Administration.
Fast-forward 30 years, and the couple have three wonderful children. Kaitlin (16) attends Lake Mary High, Devin (19) is enrolled at Seminole State College, and Mathew (23) is a senior at the University of North Florida.
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And as much as Shawn is hands-on in the field, he employs a similar approach in the office.
“Sometimes you have to get back to fundamentals and be accountable to the citizens,” he explains. “We have a rule: we are not allowed to lose any customers.”