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Tryouts in Pinellas Park for a new city manager



When City Manager Mike Gustafson announced he was eyeing retirement, two employees told him they're eyeing his job.

Now Gustafson has figured out a way for them — and the City Council — to decide if they'd do well. He has made them co-interim assistant city managers. The two — fire Chief Doug Lewis and police Capt. Mike Haworth — will spend the next year or so overseeing city departments and completing projects and other tasks. The idea is to let them "test drive" the job to see if they truly want it and to provide on-the-job training.

"The city manager position is unique," Gustafson said. "It is like standing on one leg and juggling the needs and wants of residents, elected officials and employees. It's not for everyone and most often we don't get to try it on to make sure it's a good fit."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:45pm]


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