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Administrator to leave Citrus

Assistant Citrus County administrator Steve Wylie will be Safety Harbor's next city manager.

City commissioners chose Wylie to replace Pam Brangaccio. He will start in September.

Wylie, who is paid $63,800 a year in Citrus, will make $67,500 annually plus a $300 monthly car allowance. He also will get three weeks' vacation and three personal days a year.

"I'm excited," Wylie said Sunday from his Inverness home. "Safety Harbor is a wonderful place."

Wylie spent more than two hours in telephone negotiations with commissioners Sunday morning. He clearly was the man the commission wanted for the job, but with a strong second-place candidate they did not give in much to Wylie's requests.

"Those people are a little tough at the bargaining table," he said. "They made their proposal and they didn't budge."

Wylie has held his Citrus position since 1988. Before that, he was assistant city manager in Homestead. He has a master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University and is married. He has one stepdaughter.

Citrus has a $90-million budget. Safety Harbor is proposing a $34.5-million budget for the next fiscal year.

Commissioners spent the first part of the weekend interviewing seven people recommended by an executive search firm from more than 100 applicants. They interviewed Wylie in person Saturday but spent Sunday morning in the commission chambers, with various commissioners getting on the phone to conduct negotiations.

"He is very personable and confident," Mayor Patrick Slevin said. "He has the ability to follow through with the vision of this commission."

The vote was unanimous, something new when it comes to Safety Harbor and city manager selection. Brangaccio was brought in under a 3-2 vote, a split that was evident in city politics for years.

Interim City Manager Wayne Logan Jr., who made the initial cut, was not one of the two finalists for the position. Eric Meserve, city manager of Indian Rocks Beach, would have been offered the position if negotiations with Wylie had fallen through.