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Dunedin city manager shows off his modest side



DUNEDIN -- Since taking over a year and a half ago, Dunedin City Manager Robert DiSpirito has received high marks from the notoriously finicky city commission. This week, he said that's all the praise he needs.

DiSpirito sent a memo to commissioners, requesting that his name be withdrawn from the Florida League of Cities' Cities of Excellence Award for Manager of the Year. He wrote that he wasn't comfortable being in the competition with "some of my more tenured colleagues."

"I would respectfully ask that, at this time, you allow me to continue to work to achieve your initatives," DiSpirito wrote. "The only recognition that I seek is your acknowledgment that I am doing the job to your satisfaction."

The commission respected his request. They will enter City Attorney John Hubbard for the category of City Attorney of the Year and the city for the Florida City of Excellence Award.

--Tamara El-Khoury, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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