NEW PORT RICHEY — John Gallagher may not be done with local government just yet.
Gallagher, who retired after 31 years as Pasco County administrator, has offered to help New Port Richey find a new city manager. It would be an unpaid effort for Gallagher, who said his longtime budget director and fellow city resident, Mike Nurrenbrock, has also offered to help give advice.
Gallagher said he wants to help find the right person to lead New Port Richey, where he has lived since 1950 and before his service to the county served as city manager and council member.
"So I think that gives me a little interest," he said with a chuckle. "I think with Mike's financial expertise and whatever value traits I have, we can offer some help."
Council member Jeff Starkey brought up Gallagher's offer to his colleagues during a City Council meeting last week, saying he's in favor of both men's input.
"It would help me greatly," Starkey said.
The city is searching for a new city manager since the departure last year of John Schneiger, who left saying he had lost the confidence of the City Council.
Deputy Mayor Bill Phillips said he would not only welcome Gallagher's input, but would like to create a citizen panel to get input from others in the community.
About 40 people have applied for the city manager opening, which closed Friday.
Human Resources director Lindy Thomas said she will next discuss with the council how to approach whittling down the list.