ST. PETE BEACH — Mike Bonfield will remain as the city's manager for at least the rest of the year.
"I'm staying. I am not applying anywhere else," he said Monday, after an unsuccessful job interview for the newly created city manager position in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
After two days of interviews were concluded last week, Bonfield said he received a call from the consultant working with the City Council there.
"He said the council felt one of the other candidates was a better fit, and they are negotiating with him," he said.
Bonfield has been the city manager here for the past nine years and said he became interested in the Alabama position because his wife grew up in the area and still has relatives there.
"It was a unique situation, but I am very happy to stay in St. Pete Beach," he said. "My son still has two years before he completes high school. Once he graduates, we may reassess where we want to be."
Bonfield's contract with St. Pete Beach expires in January. He makes $117,180 a year.
Last month, the commission indicated it planned to give Bonfield a raise in the next budget, the first raise he will have received since 2007.
In a recent evaluation, he received generally high marks in six performance areas: organizational and personnel management, fiscal management, planning, relations with the commission, citizen and intergovernmental relations, and professional/personal characteristics.
Overall, Bonfield received a 4.45 rating, halfway between a "very good" and an "excellent." The highest score possible was 5.0.
"I would like to stay here for at least another two years, if St. Pete Beach will have me," Bonfield said.