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Madeira Beach hires ex-City Manager Jim Madden to serve as interim

MADEIRA BEACH — Amid sharp criticism from residents, the City Commission hired controversial former City Manager Jim Madden to temporarily run the city.

In a 3-1 vote, the commission offered Madden the interim city manager position at $2,000 a week.

He replaces fire Chief Bill Mallory, who resigned Friday as interim city manager after being accused, by Madden, of lying to the commission. Madden also called for Mallory to be fired.

Madden will run the city until the commission can hire a permanent city manager, likely in December.

Mayor Travis Palladeno and Commissioners Nancy Oakley and Robin Vander Velde voted to hire Madden.

"I don't think Jim is a good candidate," Commissioner Terry Lister objected, pointing out that Madden is currently suing the city.

Madden served as the city's manager for two years until he was placed on administrative leave in 2004, at his own request, amid efforts to fire him. Previously, he was city manager in Pinellas Park until the commission there fired him in 1997.

During Tuesday's meeting several residents said they are embarrassed to be Madeira Beach residents.

Former Commissioner Steve Kochick, who Palladeno defeated in the previous election, said hiring Madden was the "last straw," and it will trigger a recall effort to remove the mayor, Vander Velde and Oakley from the commission.

Madeira Beach hires ex-City Manager Jim Madden to serve as interim 10/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:36pm]
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