ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says he wants to keep the city's top job. He took to Twitter this morning to say he will not be considered for the presidency of the University of Central Florida.
Dyer tweeted-out this morning: "While I believe that I could do a great job as UCF president, I can do even more for our entire community as mayor."
UCF President John Hitt announced that he'll retire at the end of June. Dyer still has two more years on his current term and says he'd like to run again for another four-year term in 2019. Dyer said there's still several projects he'd like to see finished before leaving office.
While I believe that I could do a great job as UCF President, I can do even more for our entire community as Mayor.https://t.co/4M9u8Z8oZ3— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) October 31, 2017
“There's a lot more to do, from finishing the Doctor Philips Center, to the rise of the Creative Village, to getting Sunrail to the airport, so I am energized every single day,” he said, “I love this job and I'm going to continue doing it.”
Dyer is giving up the possibility of a hefty new paycheck, by saying he won't seek the job. His staff says the mayor's current annual salary stands at $190,965. UCF officials say President Hitt's yearly salary is $505,730.
UCF was headed by John Hitt, who served as president for more than 25 years. They want to replace him by June.