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Zephyrhills cuts list of city manager finalists to three

ZEPHYRHILLS — The City Council has selected three finalists to replace outgoing City Manager Steve Spina, who leaves the spot on June 30 after 15 years.

The mayor and council members spent Saturday morning and into the afternoon interviewing the first six finalists who had been pared down from 30 applicants.

The final three are former Port Richey city manager Richard Reade, James F. Coleman, and James D. Drumm.

Reide, 40, has been the public information and sustainability officer responsible for communications and green initiatives for the city of Delray Beach since the Port Richey City Council decided not to renew his contract in December 2008. James F. Coleman, 59, was last employed in 2008 as the city manager and airport manager in Williston before being terminated "without cause" after four years of service. Drumm, 48, was last employed as city manager of High Springs for more than six years before the city commission voted to terminate him in September 2010, for what he cites as "philosophical differences" after the city changed forms of government. He resigned before the commission's final vote.

The Zephyrhills City Council will have a reception for the final three candidates at 5 p.m. Friday at City Hall to get to know them a bit on a personal level before their last interviews, which begin at 6 that evening, said City Clerk Linda Boan. Council members are expected to deliberate that night and decide on who they want to next oversee the city's daily operations.

If that candidate accepts the position, contract negotiations will be hashed out shortly after. The current city manager makes $94,420 annually. The next candidate will make between $70,000 and $105,000.

Zephyrhills cuts list of city manager finalists to three 05/02/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 6:05pm]
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