Islamorada Manager Ted Yates. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly File Photo

From his Ohio home, new Islamorada Village Manager Ted Yates and his wife packed for the big move to the Keys. 

Since the council’s selection in June to make him next manager, Yates has stayed busy not only packing, but also taking phone calls and attending meetings in anticipation of his official Aug. 1. start.

“It’s been a busy first week,” Yates said. 

The former Twinsburg, Ohio mayor was selected by the village council on June 2. Selecting Yates was close to unanimous among the dais, with four council members having him as their top choice for the position. Yates comes to the village with 12 years of experience in Ohio as mayor and chief executive officer. He ran a city of 19,000 residents. 

Yates is no stranger to the Keys. Since the 1990s, his family has come to the Keys to enjoy some time on property that his family purchased. 

A contract with Yates includes a $200,000 salary, $4,000 housing allowance and $15,000 in moving expenses. With the exception of cost of living increases, there are no salary increases for 18 months. Yates will be offered health insurance benefits for his spouse, eligible children and himself for $125 per pay period. Currently, village employees on the family plan pay close to $900 for health, dental and vision coverage.

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).