Assistant City Manager

Vernon was appointed as the Interim Assistant City Manager in November of 2017.  Vernon brings to the position an extensive background in performance management, capital projects, and financial reporting. Vernon and Debby have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons, Ryan-computer/software developer and Nicholas, Chemical Engineer. He enjoys spending time with his grandson, Keaton, riding his vintage motorcycle, gardening and canning.

“Vernon is a well-respected and tested leader in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties, due in large part to his responsiveness and positivity. Vernon possesses immense knowledge and expertise after 31 years of public service.”

Vernon is a native Pensacolian, graduating from J. M. Tate High School and Pensacola State College. He began his career at Santa Rosa Island Authority and joined the City of Gulf Breeze in 1986. In 2006 Vernon assumed the helm of Director of Public Services, which included the combined utilities operations, natural gas, and streets & drainage.

During his tenure, Vernon served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Rosa Island Authority for 8 years and also on the Molino Utilities Board for 17 years. As Public Services Director, Vernon was responsible for 60% of the City’s annual budget operations.

Vernon and his wife Debby have two sons and have been married for 35 years. Vernon brings to the position an extensive background in performance management, capital projects, and financial reporting.  They have 2 sons, Ryan-computer/software developer and Nicholas, Chemical Engineer. He enjoys spending time with his grandson, Keaton, riding his vintage motorcycle, gardening and canning. 

Contact Information 
Phone: 850-934-5153 (office)
            
Email: vprather@gulfbreezefl.gov

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