ZEPHYRHILLS — City Council members made the return of former City Manager Steve Spina official Wednesday with a unanimous vote to approve a six-month contract.
Spina, who retired from the post in 2011 after nearly 25 years with the city and 15 at its helm, takes over as interim city manager today. He will earn $8,000 a month, slightly less than the most recent city manager, Jim Drumm.
Drumm resigned last week after a majority of council members made it clear they were not willing to renew his contract, citing concerns with his management style.
Spina, who holds a doctorate in political science, taught at the University of South Florida after last leaving city hall. He told council members he has a commitment to teach a night class there over the summer, but it should not interfere with his administrative duties with the city. Spina was unsuccessful in a recent effort to work as an administrator for the county.
Council members thanked Spina for agreeing so quickly to step in and help until a permanent city manager can be hired. Spina said he was happy to do it.
"I'm excited about the challenge," he said.