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Tarpon Springs postpones city manager search



TARPON SPRINGS - City commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to keep Interim City Manager Mark LeCouris on the job for at least six months.

Commissioner Chris Alahouzos made the motion to postpone a search to replace former city manager Ellen Posivach, who resigned in early May. In February 2009, they can evaluate LeCouris' progress and decide whether to keep him longer or look for someone else, Alahouzos said.

Commissioners Peter Dalacos and Susan Slattery agreed, saying they were pleased with LeCouris' performance with the commission, the community and staff over the last three months.

In June, LeCouris offered to stay on indefinitely, citing concerns about the budget and major pending projects such as a large, mixed-use complex on the southern edge of downtown and a $45-million water treatment plant.

Mayor Beverley Billiris and Vice Mayor Robin Saenger dissented. Both said they thought LeCouris was doing a good job and he should be encouraged to try out for the permanent position. But they agreed other applicants should be interviewed to make sure they found the best candidate.

"Fundamentally, to me, people have to be measured in a competitive process for a job," Billiris said.

- Rita Farlow, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:32am]


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