Add Jocelyne Moussavou to the list of senior Key Biscayne officials who are leaving – or being stolen –from their jobs in the Island Paradise.
Moussavou, who serves as chief of staff to Village Manager Steve Williamson, submitted her resignation last month to take a job as an executive at Goodwill Industries in Miami, where she will be vice president of service contracts.
“I’ve been poached,” she said Wednesday, adding that she’s very honored to have been selected for the job. “But Key Bicayne is my family and always will be.”
Moussavou said she hopes to continue being active in island charitable events and organizations and promised to keep apprised of Village happenings. Her last day is Nov. 27.
“Anything that has philanthropic connections is always important to me,” she said.
“She’s been a great chief of staff and she will be sorely missed,” said Williamson, who is already deep into the process of finding a successor. He said he’s received about 50 resumes for the position, which pays between $110,000 to $178,000 and has responsibilities similar to that of an assistant village manager. Williamson said he will begin interviewing soon.
Last April, Public Works chief Jake Ozyman left to take a job in Aventura, citing the increasingly long commute to the island.
As for advice she might give to her successor, Moussvou said being a people person was an essential job requirement.
“It has to be someone who really cares about making a difference, she said. “Keeping people engaged, motivated, and not tired out.”
Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.