TREASURE ISLAND — The city has begun a national search for a new city manager with hopes of hiring someone by August.
Online ads began appearing a week ago on the International City/County Management Association website and its Florida equivalent, as well as on the Florida League of Cities site and the city's website, said Jennifer Poirrier, city personnel director.
Treasure Island says it is looking for a "seasoned professional" who can oversee a city with a $22 million budget and 100 employees.
Applications will be accepted until June 2, Poirrier said. Requirements include a bachelor's degree in public administration, preferably a master's, and at least 10 years of government experience serving some of the time as either an assistant city manager or a city manager.
City Manager Reid Silverboard announced his resignation last month, shortly after the March election in which voters chose two new commissioners who have been critical of city operations.
City Finance Director Amy Davis has been named acting city manager in the interim.
Commissioners also have said they prefer hiring someone with Florida government experience.
A salary range of $120,000 to $150,000 is being advertised for the position, Poirrier said. Silverboard currently makes $120,259. Under an agreement approved recently by commissioners, he will receive six months' severance pay effective May 8.
Although details haven't been worked out yet on exactly how the interview process will go, Poirrier said she expects there will be eight to 12 candidates initially selected with three to five eventually interviewed by the commission.
Commissioner Ken Keys said that with all the big issues facing the city, hiring the next city manager will be an important task.
"This will determine the direction our city goes in," he said. "We need somebody who will put our residents first."