Mike McNees, the City Manager of Melbourne, Florida, is a veteran public administrator who returned to public service in 2013 after serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of USA Track and Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for Track and Field, Road Running, and Race Walking, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, he was County Administrator for Blaine County, Idaho, served for six years as City manager of Sarasota, Florida, and in several top management positions for Collier County, Florida, including Assistant County Manager/CCO.
During his three-year USATF tenure Mcnees worked in strategic planning, developing and managing events, sponsorship development and fulfillment, sport performance development and athlete relations, as well as programmatic management across the spectrum of USATH activities. He served as the contact prior for the organization with both the USOC and NCAA, developing strong relationships with both, and took Team USA to numerous international championship events, participating in the Congress of the International Association of Athletic Federation as well as the Pan American Federation.
In his thirty-year career, McNees has worked on both sides of the table both for and as a member of appointed and elected boards and boards of directors, including as president of one of the ten largest community theaters in the United States, The Naples Players, Inc. He is an experienced operational and financial manager as well as an authority on board/staff relationships and governance issues. He also models and supports high standards of ethical conduct in governance and operations.
As an athlete, before competing in Masters Track and Field in later life, Mcnees was a Big Ten Conference champion at Indiana University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and he earned his MBA in Management from Louisiana Tech University while working as Assistant Track Coach. He is a graduate of the Advanced Government Finance Institute of the Government Finance Officers' Association, and the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Development Institute.
McNees has a strong belief in the Olympic ideals, and in the life-changing power of sport, competition, and fitness for athletes of all ages.