NEW PORT RICHEY — After less than a year in Pasco, the county's budget director is heading back to Tennessee.
Chris Dorsey was hired this week as city manager of Signal Mountain, a suburb of about 7,655 people outside Chattanooga. The town is near Red Bank, where Dorsey previously served as city manager before taking the Pasco budget director post last July.
It turns out Dorsey's move to Florida wasn't permanent: When he took the Pasco job, he and his wife decided she should stay in Tennessee and keep their children in their current schools, he told The Chattanoogan.
The Signal Mountain Council agreed to pay Dorsey more than $90,000, his current pay in Pasco, the newspaper reported.
His pending departure was news to Pasco County officials, who heard about it Tuesday from a Times reporter. Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. said Dorsey had told him Monday he was a candidate for the job. "I didn't know it was a done deal," Wilson said. The other commissioners didn't even know he was in the running.
The timing isn't good for Pasco officials: The summer is when commissioners pore over budget proposals and hash out their spending plan for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
"This is a tough time for a budget director to be leaving," said Commissioner Ted Schrader. "Our (to-do) list is getting larger and larger. But there are a lot of good accountants working for the county."
Commissioner Kathryn Starkey invoked one name from the past: "We may have to bring back Mike Nurrenbrock on an interim basis," she said, referring to Pasco's longtime budget chief who retired last year after 30 years on the job.