Ms. Higginbotham has been performing Executive Search work for over ten years. Prior to joining Mercer Group in 2011, Dona had a distinguished career in recruiting and training in the Airline Industry. She has over 30 years of work experience at a management level with an extensive background in recruiting and retention, budget design and implementation, as well as leadership training and development. Dona has worked with many local governments in Florida, as well as the Florida City/County Management Association performing Executive Searches. She worked closely and served as a partner, for the past decade, with the late W.D. Higginbotham, former Florida City Manager/Senior Vice President.
Dona has been responsible for a variety of Florida searches over the past several years including: City Manager City of Cocoa, FL, City of Palatka, FL, City of Mary Esther, FL; Village Manager for Palmetto Bay, FL; Director of Planning & Zoning for Town of Palm Beach, FL; Human Resources Director for Hernando County, FL and Director of Parks and Recreation for Hollywood, FL. As well as the City Manager for City of Fort Myers, FL and the Director of Financial Services, Deputy Director Public Utilities and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hollywood, FL.
Ms. Higginbotham is an active member of ICMA and the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) and is involved in volunteer work in her local community.