Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

New Port Richey relaunches search for new city manager

After months of searching for a permanent city manager, the New Port Richey City Council is unhappy with its pool of applicants and going back to the drawing board.

At a meeting last week, the council was expected to whittle a short list of seven candidates down to three and begin the interview process.

Instead, Deputy Mayor Bill Phillips set the tone when asked for his picks.

"I couldn't get to two," Phillips said. "I'm very disappointed in the group of candidates from which we had to choose."

City Council member Jeff Starkey added he worried that the applicants lacked stability in their job experience.

"What concerned me is there is no job longevity," he said.

Phillips proposed that the position – which has been filled on an interim basis by City Library Director Susan Dillinger for nearly a year – be immediately posted again, to which his colleagues agreed. City Human Resources Director Lindy Thomas said it would be re-posted on Wednesday.

It's the second time the council has put off the search, opting in January to wait on posting the job until summer so interviews would take place after the board finished budget negotiations which wrap up next week. The council said they now hope to begin interviews by the end of October for the position, which offers a salary of $95,000 to $110,000.

Mayor Bob Consalvo encouraged any candidates to re-apply in particular speaking to the application of former New Port Richey Mayor and Pasco County Commissioner Peter Altman.

Consalvo said he would at least liked to have interviewed Altman who has experience with the city and a financial background. Phillips replied that he considered Altman but was uncomfortable only interviewing one person.

"I would love to see him re-apply," he said.

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