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Rob DiSpirito a semifinalist in Largo's city manager search

Rob DiSpirito is a semi-finalist in Largo's city manager search.

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Rob DiSpirito is a semi-finalist in Largo's city manager search.



The ex-Dunedin city manager who resigned last month amid criticism of his job performance is a semifinalist in Largo’s search for a new city manager.

Rob DiSpirito, 56, is one of eight candidates who made the cut after the city received 151 applications for the job, which opened after Mac Craig announced his plans to retire in March. The other semifinalists are Largo’s assistant city managers, Henry Schubert and Mike Staffopoulos, the city manager in Gainesville and four out-of-state applicants.

DiSpirito’s resume boasts 20 years of city manager experience, including nine in Dunedin and 11 in Oberlin, Ohio. Dunedin commissioners voted in January to accept DiSpirito’s resignation two weeks after Commissioner Heather Gracy made a failed motion to fire DiSpirito because of a "diminished and eroding confidence" in his job performance, she said at the time.

DiSpirito said he was shocked by the turn of events. Just a year before, he received a salary increase and glowing reviews, including from the same commissioner who moved to fire him.

DiSpirito said Wednesday that he would let his record of strong performance reviews speak for itself.

"I’m humbled by the opportunity and very eager to share what I believe I could help the city of Largo accomplish," he said.

Phone interviews will take place Feb. 12 and in-person interviews Feb. 24, both in the Largo City Hall community room.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:19pm]


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