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Tarpon Springs city manager withdraws application for Arizona job

Ellen Posivach says she still hopes to retire in Tarpon.

Ellen Posivach says she still hopes to retire in Tarpon.

TARPON SPRINGS — City Manager Ellen Posivach is staying put.

The nine-year city manager withdrew her application to the city of Goodyear, Ariz., on March 21.

On Friday, Goodyear's City Commission named John F. Fischbach of Port Townsend, Wash., as the new city manager, according to Goodyear spokeswoman Nora Fascenelli.

Posivach was named a finalist for the job in early March, along with Fischbach and Philip L. Nelson of Troy, Mich.

Posivach didn't say why she chose to withdraw from consideration but said a "variety of factors" influenced her decision.

Posivach said she is often recruited for other jobs and likes to explore her options during election times. But she said she loves Tarpon Springs.

"I had hoped, and still do, to retire here," she said.

In a memo to commissioners, Posivach said: "Together we have achieved many great accomplishments for the city of Tarpon Springs and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to achieve many more in the future."

Posivach raised commissioners' eyebrows when she asked to use city time, not her own, to fly to Arizona for her job interview.

Posivach had suggested she "substitute" a weekend she planned to work at a conference for two days she needed for the trip. She changed her request and decided to use vacation time after three commissioners raised questions.

Posivach has won several national awards and received accolades from commissioners for her ability to draw grant funding to the city.

Posivach makes $122,910 annually. The Goodyear position will pay $168,000 a year.

Fischbach has more than 30 years of public administration experience, serving most recently as the county administrator for Jefferson County, Wash. He was formerly a city manager in Fort Collins, Colo., Vancouver, Wash., Lake Forest, Ill. and Robbinsdale, Minn.

Rita Farlow can be reached at far or (727) 445-4162.

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