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2117302 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-04-25 14:47:21.0 UTC 2013-04-25T10:47:21.000-04:00 true the-teamwork-behind-the-hat-trick published 2013-04-25 14:59:39.0 UTC 2013-04-25T10:59:39.000-04:00 The Tampa City Council paused Thursday to honor Jim Shimberg, who leaves the city attorney’s office next week to become executive vice president and general counsel of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s parent company. Council members heaped praise on Shimberg for being accessible and candid, with Yvonne Yolie Capin saying, “the Lightning has scored a hat-trick in acquiring your talents.” Shimberg said it was really all the doing of his staff, but a comment from Council member Mary Mulhern suggested that he brought an unusual degree to diplomacy to the job, too. In Tampa’s strong-mayor form of government, the charter gives the council the authority to confirm department directors and approve contracts and budget appropriations, but the council has virtually no say beyond that in how City Hall is run. With that built-in imbalance of power, it’s not unheard of for an adversarial relationship to emerge between the administration and the council. But while Mulhern has disagreed with Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s administration on some high-profile issues, such as buying surveillance cameras for the Republican National Convention (and keeping them afterwards), consider what she told Shimberg: “Unlike other city attorneys at times, I’ve never felt that you were opposing council.” Richard Danielson, Times staff baybuzz Bay Buzz The teamwork behind the hat-trick false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/baybuzz/2013/04/25/1366901980-the-teamwork-behind-the-hat-trick BlogArticle The Tampa City Council paused Thursday to honor Jim Shimberg, who leaves the city attorney’s office next week to become executive vice president and general counsel of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s parent company.Bay BuzzBay BuzzRichard Danielson 380964 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 richard-danielson published Richard Danielson <p>Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the <i>Times</i> in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the <i>Times</i> have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the <i>Times</i>' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's <a href="www.politifact.com/florida/promises/buck-o-meter">Buck-O-Meter</a>, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35493284 Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the Times in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the Times have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the Times' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3403</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:rdanielson@tampabay.com">rdanielson@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Danielson_Times">@Danielson_Times</a></p> 1 NP_262258_GARN_facebook_31&#10;CAPTION: (Clearwater, Fl, 02/29/2008) PREFERRED PHOTO OF Rick Danielson (cq) for Facebook JOSEPH GARNETT, JR. | Times; STORY SUMMARY: /resources/images/dti/2012/10/ntp_Danielson_040309.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35493284-richard-danielson AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 2261843 2016-01-19 15:09:39.0 UTC 7 Months Ago ge-brings-to-light-just-how-far-tampa-bay-is-slipping-behind-top-tier baybuzz GE brings to light just how far Tampa Bay is slipping behind top tier cities BlogArticle 2288681 2016-08-09 10:00:00.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago this-time-jackie-toledos-camp-says-its-her-opponent-who-has-the-hard-hat baybuzz This time, Jackie Toledo’s camp says it’s her opponent who has the hard hat problem BlogArticle 2288154 2016-08-04 15:56:18.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago buzz-for-new-waterfront-site-in-pinellas-for-rays-ballpark-doesnt-worry baybuzz Buzz for new waterfront Rays ballpark in Pinellas doesn't worry Hillsborough. Here's why. BlogArticle <p>The Tampa City Council paused Thursday to honor <strong>Jim Shimberg</strong>, who leaves the city attorney’s office next week to become <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-city-attorney-james-shimberg-jr-leaving-to-work-for-lightning/2114291">executive vice president and general counsel of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s parent company</a>.</p> <p>Council members heaped praise on Shimberg for being accessible and candid, with <strong>Yvonne Yolie Capin</strong> saying, “the Lightning has scored a hat-trick in acquiring your talents.”</p> <p>Shimberg said it was really all the doing of his staff, but a comment from Council member <strong>Mary Mulhern</strong> suggested that he brought an unusual degree to diplomacy to the job, too.</p> <p>In Tampa’s strong-mayor form of government, the charter gives the council&nbsp;the authority to confirm department directors and approve contracts and budget appropriations, but the council&nbsp;has virtually no say beyond that&nbsp;in how City Hall is run. With that built-in imbalance of power, it’s not unheard of for an adversarial relationship to emerge between the administration and the council. But while Mulhern has disagreed with Mayor <strong>Bob Buckhorn</strong>’s administration on some high-profile issues, such as buying surveillance cameras for the Republican National Convention (and keeping them afterwards), consider what she told Shimberg:</p> <p>“Unlike other city attorneys at times, I’ve never felt that you were opposing council.”</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:48:35