NEW PORT RICHEY — The City Council has opened up its search for a city manager nationwide after only two Florida residents applied for the job.
Previously, the council members only sought candidates from Florida, but last week they decided to open up the process to candidates outside the state. The council also extended the deadline to apply another two weeks to Oct. 18 due to the lack of applicants. And it has worked so far, with six out-of-state candidates applying from states as far away as California.
It's the second time the process has been extended. Council members re-opened it two weeks ago, expressing disappointment with the initial candidate pool. Those who applied during the first round were told they could notify the city if they still wanted to be considered.
Two applicants from the first pool have done so, including Peter Altman a former New Port Richey Mayor and Pasco County Commissioner.