SAFETY HARBOR — The City Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 tonight to consider rehiring Matthew Spoor as city manager.
Spoor had been city manager for four years when he left early last month to start a new job as director of management and budget for the city of St. Petersburg.
But after only a month in the new job, Spoor, 34, wants to return to Safety Harbor.
The City Commission was in the process of choosing a new manager from 72 applicants for the job. On Monday night, the commission chose five finalists, who were scheduled for individual interviews with commissioners Saturday, followed by a public meeting where the commissioners were expected to make their selection.
Word that Spoor wanted his old job back has short-circuited that process. Spoor will be present at tonight's special commission meeting to explain why he wants to return, and if the commission decides to negotiate an agreement to bring him back, an official vote to rehire him could occur Saturday.
As word about Spoor's request leaked, some of the candidates on the city's list of manager finalists began withdrawing their applications Thursday morning.
Spoor did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday. A popular official in Safety Harbor during his tenure there, Spoor had seemed reluctant to leave the city. Before his departure, he spoke of his love for Safety Harbor but said his move to the new job in St. Petersburg was a "career decision."
Tonight's meeting will begin at 7:30 in City Hall, 750 Main St.