Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Kenneth City narrows town manager list

KENNETH CITY — Council members have six finalists for the job of Kenneth City's first town manager.

Among the six are four from Florida and two out-of-state candidates.

The Floridians include Matthew Campbell of Crystal Beach, former assistant to the Dunedin city manager; Frederick Nutt of Tampa, a former county administrator for DeSoto County; Robert Kellogg of Palm City, former town manager of Sewall's Point; and John Schneiger of Sarasota, former city manager of New Port Richey.

The council is also considering John Bauer of Wilmington, N.C., who did two stints as a county manager for Pender County and one stint as manager of Lenoir County, both in North Carolina; and Mell Smigielski, village administrator of Mahomet, Ill.

Interviews are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Each interview should last about an hour and are open to the public. For information, call (727) 498-8948.

The town received 37 applications for the position. This month three former city managers whittled that list to the 11 they thought were best. Council members then narrowed those 11 down to the six finalists.

The decision to hire a town manager came last year after voters decided to change their form of government to a council-manager style in which a professional manager runs the day-to-day activities of the town while the council sets policy.

Kenneth City's new town manager is expected to begin in March.

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