The Town of Ponce Inlet operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The Town Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town, appointed by the elected Town Council to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Town. The Town Manager provides general guidance and management to all Town departments, implements Council policy, and works with the Council and staff to establish long-range goals, objectives, and priorities.
Incorporated into the mission of the Town Manager is a goal to provide courteous, expedient, and professional assistance to all.
Town Mission Statement
"The Town of Ponce Inlet staff shall be professional, caring, and fair in delivering community excellence while ensuring Ponce Inlet citizens obtain the greatest value for their tax dollar."
Michael Disher has worked for the Town of Ponce for over 10 years. He began his career with the Town as a Senior Planner in the Planning & Development Department from 2011 to 2016. After a short time working for Volusia County in DeLand, he returned to the Town in 2018 as Assistant Director of Planning & Development. He was then appointed to Director of that department in 2021. He served as the Interim Town Manager from October 2022 until April 2023, after which the Town Council hired him as the new Town Manager for Ponce Inlet.
Mr. Disher is a Florida native and has lived in the Daytona Beach area since 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Geography) from the University of Georgia in 1994 and a Masters degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech in 1997. He has been certified as a professional planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2000. He has over 25 years of local government experience, with more than 18 years as manager at all levels. As a manager, he has always worked to ensure his staff maintains the highest levels of quality, integrity, and professionalism. Understanding and maintaining that standard is essential to meet the high expectations of the Town’s citizens for its government. This expectation, as reflected in the Town’s mission statement, is one of the many qualities that sets Ponce Inlet apart from other communities.