Jacksonville City Council candidate Michael Boylan, the former CEO of WJCT, is poised to become interim director of the city’s Cultural Council.
The organization helps to facilitate arts endeavors, and is funded by the City of Jacksonville as well as by numerous state government entities.
Boylan, who is just six months from an election against Republican Rose Conry, noted Thursday that while it was “premature” to assume the posting was a “done deal,” he could serve in a short-term role and still run for City Council.
“For the past nine months I have served as the (volunteer) Chair of the Northeast Florida Long Term Recovery Organization without the benefit of a full time administrator which we were able to bring on in August and through it all I don’t believe my campaign efforts were compromised,” Boylan told us.
“As to serving as the interim head of the Cultural Council, I first must note that board has not yet voted on my hiring (my understanding is that they meet next Thursday) so it’s a bit premature to assume it’s a done deal,” Boylan said.
“In the event that it is approved, however, it will be with the understanding that it will be a part time role (20 hours/week) with a likely term of only three months, and truly in an interim capacity with no aspirations of holding that role on a long term basis,” Boylan added.
“For now it’s an opportunity to fill a significant community void as I did with NFLTRO. I still firmly believe it clear that my energy and focus will be fully on my run,” Boylan said.
Boylan is not looking for the permanent gig; he seeks to “fill a temporary void.”
“I still believe I can best serve this community on the Council where I can impact policy,” Boylan added.
Boylan currently is somewhat behind Conry in the fundraising race in the Southside/Mandarin district.
In the past two months, he has raised just $2,245, and has just under $41,000 on hand.
Conry, who has over $83,000 on hand, raised $7,100 in August alone.
We reached out to Conry and the Cultural Council for their takes regarding an active candidate for office taking this position, but neither returned requests for comment.